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VIDEO: Frank Artiles apologizes on Senate floor for racial slur, profanity



Less than 24 hours after he issued an apology to Sen. Audrey Gibson for using a racial slur and profanity, Sen. Frank Artiles did so again.

This time, he did so on the floor of the Florida Senate.

"I apologize,” Artiles, R-Miami, told Gibson. “I am so sorry for the tone and words I used...My harsh words reflect more on me than you."

Over drinks after 10 p.m. on Monday at the private Governor’s Club, Artiles called Gibson a “f------ a------,” a “b----,” and a “girl,” according to Gibson and Sen. Perry Thurston.

The two senators also said that Artiles told them that Senate President Joe Negron was a “p----” and had risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because “six n----rs” in the Republican caucus had elected him.

Artiles later told Thurston and Gibson he’d used the word “n---as”, suggesting the slang term was not meant to be insulting, Gibson and Thurston said. The reference was unclear anyway, considering that the only black senators are Democrats, and none of them backed Negron’s bid for the presidency.

The Florida Democratic Party issued a statement a few hours later demanding that Artiles resign.

About an hour later, Negron followed with his own statement, saying that he was appalled by the language used by Artiles and that Artiles would formally apologize to Gibson on the Senate floor.

Afterward his apology, Artiles spoke with reporters.



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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:22am]


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