John Romano column: Artiles' conduct unbecoming of senator, gentleman
Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano weighs in on the controversy surrounding state Sen. Frank Artiles:
Honor, they say, is the bedrock of their character. It is the quality, to quote the U.S. Marine Corps website, that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior.
Clearly, Sen. Frank Artiles skipped that part of his military training.
For I see no honor in how Artiles has behaved in recent days. Not in his insults directed toward a female senator, nor in his reluctance to apologize until it became clear that he had no other choice.
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Integrity, they say, is an uncompromising code to be followed. Along with never cheating, stealing or lying, it is a Marine's duty to always respect human dignity.
Sadly, Sen. Frank Artiles did not take this code to heart.
For there is no integrity in calling the Senate President "a p----" behind his back, nor is there integrity in berating a half-dozen fellow senators with racially charged slang.