Calls are mounting for a Florida GOP senator to resign after it was revealed that he hurled a flurry of racially-charged expletives at two African-American colleagues while they were having drinks at a private club on Monday night.
Miami Sen. Frank Artiles, who is of Cuban descent, was having drinks with Democratic Sens. Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston at the Governors Club near the state Capitol in Tallahassee when he began lamenting the election of Republican Sen. Joe Negron as the Sunshine State’s new Senate President, the Miami Herald first reported.
Artiles apparently complained to Gibson and Thurston that “if it wasn’t for these six n—-rs” Negron wouldn’t have been elected to the GOP leadership role. It wasn’t immediately clear who Artiles was referring to, as the only African-Americans in the Florida State Senate are Democrats, and could thereby not have voted for Negron.
Artiles’ remark stunned Gibson and Thurston, who are both black. (New York Daily News)