State Republican Sen. Frank Artiles submitted a resignation letter to the Senate president's office on Friday. A copy of the official resignation letter is attached, below:
His official resignation comes four days after he used the 'n-word' and vulgarities at a private club near the state Capitol. In the letter, Artiles states "It is clear to me my recent actions and words that I spoke fell short of what I expect for myself, and for this I am very sorry." He continues, "It's clear there are consequences to every action, and in the area, I will need time for personal reflection and growth."
A day after the incident, he later apologized on the Senate floor.
Believing he crossed a line, the Florida Legislature's Black Caucus filed a formal complaint with the rules committee demanding Artiles be expelled from the Senate.
Thursday morning the Miami-Dade Democratic Party hosted a protest outside Artiles' district office in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Community members held a second protest in the afternoon at a church within his District 40.
Artiles said in his resignation letter his actions are now a distraction to his colleagues, the legislative process and Floridians. His resignation is effective immediately.