Florida state senator apologizes for racial slur

Artiles, who was elected to the Senate in November after serving in the House, also told Gibson and Sen.

"With regard to the word, which I used toward no one in particular, but that is rightfully the most inflammatory, I know my explanation is inadequate, but it's honest", Artiles said. Let's hope someone loves Artiles enough to help him find out.

Frank Artiles, R-Miami, apologized publicly Wednesday morning for a tirade at a club that included making derogatory comments about a fellow senator and using a racial slur.

Artiles went on to say that gender identity is "subjective" and that the gender listed on a person's birth certificate is the only factor that should be taken into consideration. "We share each other's customs".

"Are words of contrition sufficient to erase the damage that Senator Artiles has caused, or do we finally insist that he bear the consequences?" said Democratic Sen.

That's right, Sens. Negron and Wilton Simpson and Bill Galvano.

"I owe you an apology", Artiles told Negron on the floor, asking forgiveness for his "crass and juvenile comments".

But - before Artiles issued his statement, - Gibson had said that an apology from her colleague would be meaningless.

The tourist was utterly unaware that the elegant lady she approached is one of a tiny handful of Floridians upon whom the sun rises and sets in #TheProcess. Frank Artiles of using racist language-and offering an excuse almost as shameful. And in 2015, Artiles was accused of punching a college student at a bar, a charge he denied. He also clarified that the six Senate colleagues he was referring to were white, and defended his use of the N-word as "a slang term".

And those are just three of the stories which have made it to the media. Gibson reportedly stormed out of the Governor's Club after the exchange and Thurston confronted Artiles about his words. Negron won a hard-fought race to become Senate president, but he did not have support from any black senators.

It's doubtful Negron and Co. will have the steel to force Artiles from the Senate.

Seventy five percent of the Florida said Republicans should urge Artiles to resign and move to expel him should he decline. They should threaten to boycott the rest of Session if he doesn't.

This isn't the first brush with controversy for Artiles, a Cuban American and former Marine. It's not a full-blown resignation, but it's better than a tersely-worded press release.

The state senator from Miami should resign.

At this point, Artiles has made too many mistakes to continue to serve. "'No, I said n-gas, ' [Artiles replied, ] which is different in his mind".

Self-sacrifice for an institution you respect is not a bad thing.

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