The morning after a Florida Senate special master report of sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala found probable cause, and referred the case to law enforcement, Gov. Rick Scott has weighed in that the Clearwater Republican should resign.
"Now that the special master report is complete and probable cause has been found, it is time for Senator Latvala to resign," Scott said in a statement. "Resigning is the best thing he can do now for his constituents, colleagues and the state."
It's a severe break for the two former allies. It came 15 hours after one of Latvala's GOP gubernatorial opponents, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, offered his thoughts on Twitter.
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"I am appalled by the findings of the special master report. How can we trust Senator Latvala as a lawmaker to create the rules by which we live when he refuses to follow them? Not only did he fail to respect the confidentiality of the accuser's name during the course of an investigation, creating a chilling effect on other victims, but now, the special master report shows probable cause. Senator Jack Latvala should resign immediately.
"I will not let Tallahassee, Fla. stop the #MeToo movement throughout this country. It is remarkable what women can do when we all stand together. Florida must be a leader in this movement."