Nearly 4,000 Demand Frank Artiles Resign for Using N-Word as Protests Begin
Let's all take a moment to formally congratulate state Sen. Frank Artiles, who has long been one of Florida's worst politicians, for shooting himself directly in the foot and all but guaranteeing he'll never win an election again. After years of filing hateful, anti-LGBTQ bills, allegedly punching college kids in the face, smearing Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists, blatantly taking gifts from Florida Power & Light before advancing FPL-friendly bills, and dropping anti-Muslim racial slurs, Artiles achieved the impossible and found a way to double down on being a gigantic bigot earlier this week.
This time, he admittedly used the N-word in front of a black lawmaker. He also reportedly called some Tallahassee lobbyists "faggots" the same night. And now, more than 4,000 people have signed two petitions demanding he resign. Because Artiles still held office as of this morning, multiple protests are planned today in his South Miami-Dade district.
"Artiles has proven time and again that he lacks the judgment, decency, and maturity needed to properly serve his constituents and the people of Florida, and must resign immediately," one petition, from the liberal political action committee Florida Strong, says. This morning, that petition had more than 1,400 people demanding Artiles' resignation.
The second, from a group of activist organizations including the black-rights group Dream Defenders and the LGBTQ-rights nonprofit SAVE, had more than 2,400 signatures as of this morning.