ICYMI: Frank Artiles and Republicans Have Worst Week Ever After Racial and Misogynist Slurs
After referring to his colleagues using racist and sexist slurs, Frank Artiles is feeling the pressure to resign. Republicans refuse to call for his resignation and seem content with a slap on the wrist after the latest of many violent and bigoted incidents involving Artiles.
Tuesday: On April 18th, the Miami Herald reported that Miami Senator Frank Artiles had used racist and misogynistic slurs against his colleagues. Later that night, the Miami Herald also broke the story of a secret recording of Artiles using a racial slur against Muslims. Florida Democrats immediately called for his resignation. Republicans however, say they will stay out of it.
Wednesday: As a result of his hateful remarks, Frank Artiles was stripped of his Chairmanship on the Committee of Communications, Energy and Public Utilities. Artiles then attempted to give a weak apology for his hate speech. It was clearly not enough and Senator Perry Thurston, Chairman of The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, filed a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee to formally seek the expulsion of Frank Artiles. An investigation has begun and will present its findings on April 25th. Despite mounting pressure, his Republican colleagues refuse to call for his resignation and settle for a slap on the wrist, despite this being the latest in a string of hateful and violent incidents.
Thursday: Dozens of protestors gathered outside Frank Artiles’ Kendall office to protest the racist and sexist slurs he used against his colleagues in the Florida Senate. Constituents from his district called for his resignation as they chanted outside the shuttered district office. Meanwhile, thousands of Floridians signed petitions demanding his resignation. Regardless, Republicans continue to go soft on Artiles.
Friday: More and more community leaders, publications and organizations call for Senate Republicans to expel Artiles.
The Florida Democratic Party has surrogates available to speak on this issue. Please contact Johanna Cervone at [email protected]