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He Finally Resigned After A Night Of Racist And Sexist Comments Against Fellow Senator Went Public

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It’s been a busy week for Florida Senator Frank Artiles, who on Monday went on a racist and sexist rant that ultimately led to his resignation on Friday. While at Tallahassee’s members only Governors Club, Cuban-American Artiles dropped the n-word in front of fellow African-American colleagues Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale. Artiles also called Sen. Gibson a “b-tch,” a “girl,” and “this f-cking asshole.” He then proceeded to drop the n-word when referring to Florida Senate President Joe Negron, who Artiles also referred to as a “pu–y.”

Artiles’ was elected as Republican Senator in 2016.

According to the Miami Herald, Sen. Gibson later described Artiles behavior that night as, “[…] the most disrespect I’ve ever encountered.”


USA Today reports that Florida Governor Rick Scott reached out to Sen. Gibson, expressing grief over Artiles’ behavior: “I talked to Senator Gibson right after I heard about it, and said I’m sorry that anyone would talk to her like that. She’s a wonderful person. But nobody should be talked to like that.”

The following day, Artiles went into damage control mode by apologizing to Sen. Gibson, Motto-Time reports.


“In an exchange with a colleague of mine in the Senate,” Artiles said, according to Time-Motto, “I unfortunately let my temper get the best of me. There is no excuse for the exchange that occurred and I have apologized to my Senate colleagues and regret the incident profusely.”

By this time, however, the Florida Democratic Party was already calling for Artiles’ resignation.

As revelations of Artiles’ highly problematic behavior became public, several prominent political figures began asking for the Artiles’ resignation.


The Miami Herald reports that Senate President Negron later said, “Racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between Senators and will not be tolerated while I am serving as Senate President.” Senate President Negron, however, did not see any need to pursue disciplinary action.

On Wednesday, USA Today reports, Senate President Negron told Artiles to publicly apologize to Sen. Gibson for his comments, which he did. Senate President Negron considered the matter closed, but on Thursday Senator Thurston filed a complaint, which opened the door to an official investigation.

In a scathing OP-ED, the Sun Sentinel called out the Senator, saying, “Artiles’ continued presence is a stain on the party, a blight on the Legislature and an affront to the Miami-Dade citizens he represents.”

As pressure mounted, Artiles sent an official letter to Senate President Negron offering his resignation.


In his resignation letter, Artiles again apologized for his behavior, saying:

It is clear to me my recent actions and words that I spoke fell far short of what I expect for myself, and for this I am very sorry. I apologize to my family and friends and I apologize to all of my fellow Senators and lawmakers.

He added:

To the people of my district and all of Miami-Dade, I am sorry I have let you down and ask for your forgiveness.

After resigning, information about Artiles’ questionable practices came to light.


Recent findings show that during Artiles’ campaign for the senate, his election committee — Veterans For Conservative Principles — hired both a Playboy model and a Hooters calendar girl as political consultants. For their efforts, they received $1,500 and $2,000 respectively, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Not much else is known about what skills they offered, as details are still coming out.

Senate President Negron acknowledged that Artiles did the right thing by submitting his resignation.

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According to USA Today, Senate President Negron released the following statement on the matter: “As Senator Artiles has noted, he holds himself responsible and accountable for his actions and comments. Despite the events of the last week, Senator Artiles has a long and proud record of public service.”

Aside from serving as a Florida Senator, Artiles is also an ex-Marine, which he noted in his resignation.

After Artiles announced his resignation, Sen. Gibson released her own short statement:


The brief statement said, “I would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. This has been an ordeal that no one should have to endure. I wish [Artiles] well in all of his endeavors.”

USA Today reports that a Florida Governor Scott must set up a special election to fill the newly vacated seat.

[H/T] Miami Herald: Miami state senator curses at black lawmaker — and refers to fellow Republicans as ‘n-ggas’

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People Just Can't Handle The Heat Coming From This Handsome Congressional Candidate

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People Just Can’t Handle The Heat Coming From This Handsome Congressional Candidate

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Ammar Campa-Najjar, 28, recently announced his plan to run for California’s 50th Congressional District to unseat Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter Jr. In a Medium post, Campa-Najjar laid out why he has decided to run for Congress and it all centers around empowering the American people — all American people — to attain their dreams. Campa-Najjar wants to defend our democracy and modernize our government to make things like filing taxes and applying for small business loans easier for Americans. But, above all else, Campa-Najjar wants to bring the American people together during these polarizing times.

Ammar Campa-Najjar recently announced his candidacy for California’s 50th Congressional District.

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Campa-Najjar, whose mother is Mexican and father is of Middle Eastern descent, is throwing his hat into the political world to bring the country together.

“If elected, I’ll continue fighting for working families, small business owners, and our veterans,” Campa-Najjar wrote in his Medium post announcing his candidacy. “My priorities are focused on addressing the most urgent challenges of our time and our district, I call them DEM priorities: Defend, Empower, Modernize.”

Campa-Najjar has worked with many top-ranking Democratic politicians and worked in President Obama’s administration getting letters to the president.

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The 28-year-old, Twitter-breaking heartthrob was a campaign organizer in San Diego for President Obama’s 2012 re-election. At the end of the campaign, Campa-Najjar joined the Obama administration in Washington and worked as a conduit to get the messages of the American people to the president.

“When you sent me to serve in the Executive Office of the President, I read hundreds of your letters every day. Each night, the president would read 10 of those letters. Some were uplifting, but many of them were tragically heart breaking — struggles better left imagined than described,” Campa-Najjr wrote on Medium.

He continued: “I heard about what wakes you up in the morning, and keeps you up at night: Am I one sickness away from losing my home? I haven’t had a raise in years and my family is barely making it paycheck to paycheck, what if something happens to me? Am I going to have to miss another birthday or Christmas with my children just to put food on the table and clothes on their backs? Will I ever be able to save enough to put my kids through school and retire with dignity? Can we dream the American dream, or are we going to spend the next 4 or 8 years living a nightmare?”

As soon as his candidacy went public, everyone started to focus on his dashing good looks before his politics.

https://twitter.com/Ohsnapnaj_/status/855860191899901952


And people were *very* thirsty.


Calm down. He would technically be a public servant so you’d be his boss.

There was really only one word that came to everyone’s lips when they saw his photo.

https://twitter.com/shushhidc/status/855487818516361217


?I’m not that innocent. ?

Campa-Najjar hasn’t even started his Congressional campaign and people already want him to be president.

https://twitter.com/CorbynBurik/status/855586597382868993


But, like, hopefully they know that the presidency isn’t just a beauty contest.

Folks are lining up for a chance to donate to and help with his campaign.


*quits job to volunteer for his campaign*

His photos have become a religious experience for some people.


?? ?? ??

Not to mention that he might have finally figured out how to get young people to vote.


Time for the political parties to start taking notes.

Like, legit. Some people cannot wait to vote for this man.


When’s the last time you saw people willing to walk anywhere?

When there were no words, people were able to sum up their feelings with super appropriate GIFs.


^^ That’s what true and unfiltered love looks like, folks.

There was a moment when people thought he was just one of the Jonas brothers.

https://twitter.com/NailButNoHammer/status/855544505528971265


And, tbh, Joe Jonas should be very grateful for that comparison. #NoShadeJustFacts

But one Twitter user dropped the truest warning to Campa-Najjar’s opponent.

https://twitter.com/schr8der/status/855546998572945409


*passes out from the realness of this truth*


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