Tell Sen. Artiles: Resign.

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Peter Schorsh at FLA Politics blog reports that Miami Senator Frank Artiles called two lobbyists "faggots" on Monday evening:

It was reported to him after he left the Governors Club [...] that Artiles called him and another person who works in the Capitol “faggots.”

It comes on the heels of a report in the Miami Herald that Artiles hurled racist and sexist insults at his colleagues during a meeting the same night in the State Senate:

Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a “f**king a**hole,” a “bitch” and a “girl,” the two senators said. [...] “He called Joe Negron a p**sy,” Thurston said.

This is the Florida Senate. This type of talk coming from our own Senator is totally unbecoming of the work of our State Senate.

We are not surprised but still disappointed that it has come to this for Senator Artiles. We have made clear to him that his anti-transgender bathroom bills only discriminate against a class of Floridians.

Sadly, Senator Artiles has shown through his behavior towards his colleagues this week that he just doesn’t care about things like that. We urge the Senator to resign.

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    Steve Wolfe
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  • signed 2017-04-21 08:57:38 -0400
    At this point, Anyone who doesn’t understand and realize without help that it is unacceptable to use racial and divisive language and slurs, is too incompetent to hold office.
  • signed 2017-04-21 01:38:56 -0400
    This kind of talk is totally unacceptable at any time for a public official!
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    Vivian Manso
  • signed 2017-04-20 13:02:33 -0400
    There are over 184,000 adult LGBTQ citizens in south Florida. Together we can do this!
  • signed 2017-04-20 11:00:05 -0400
    This is only one of many bigots in Washington today. The radical right wing army has landed and conquered the U.S. government.
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    Sign the petition: Tell Sen. Artiles: Resign.
  • @FitzgeraldChip tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-20 09:47:20 -0400
    Sign the petition: Tell Sen. Artiles: Resign. http://www.save.lgbt/artiles_resign?recruiter_id=175999
  • signed 2017-04-20 09:46:33 -0400
    Zero tolerance
  • signed 2017-04-20 09:40:52 -0400
    Your comments are not only unprofessional but they are highly offensive. This is unacceptable behavior and reflective of your inability to have an open and un-biased mind.
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