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Florida lawmakers, politicians sound off on social media about Frank Artiles



Several state lawmakers and other politicians in the state have taken to social media to express their anger since the news broke Tuesday evening that Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles had used curse words and a racial slur to insult a black female lawmaker and describe other senators.

Artiles apologized privately by Tuesday evening and formally apologized publicly Wednesday morning on the Senate floor, but calls are mounting for him to resign.

MORE: "Legislative complaint seeks to expel Miami lawmaker from Senate over ‘racist rant’ "

Below is a snapshot of the reactions:

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart:

Senate Rules chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers

Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon, of Miami Gardens

Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, and chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus

Sen. René García, R-Hialeah

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth

Broward County Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park

Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando

Former Tallahassee U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate for governor

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor

Chris King, a Democratic candidate for governor

Former Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay (whom Artiles unseated in November)

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:56pm]


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