Artiles' resignation comes after the Miami Herald
reported that he berated Sen. Audrey Gibson, a black Democrat, calling her "girl," a "bitch," and a "fucking asshole." He also used the N-word when referring to Republican senators who backed Senate President Joe Negron, but later clarified that he said "niggas." Like that makes it cool.
Artiles, a man who once filed an awful transgender bathroom bill
, publicly apologized last Wednesday, stating, "With regard to the word which I used toward no one in particular, but is rightfully the most inflammatory, I know my explanation is inadequate but it is sincere. I grew up in a diverse community. We share each other's customs, cultures and vernacular. I realize that my position does not allow me for the looseness of words or slang, regardless of how benign my intentions were."
According to the Orlando Sentinel
, Sen. Bill Galvano confirmed Artiles had submitted his resignation.
State Sen. Frank Artiles, a Miami Republican who thinks it's OK for white people to say "niggas," resigned Friday morning.