Orlando Businessman and Gubernatorial Candidate Chris King says current Governor Rick Scott didn’t do enough to demand accountability from Miami Republican State Senator Frank Artiles prior to his resignation on Friday.
Artiles made his decision following the backlash from using racial slurs and profanities while addressing two African American colleagues in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. He reportedly called Senate President Joe Negron a “P****” that was placed into leadership by “Six Republican N*****” during a conversation with Senators Perry Thurston and Audrey Gibson.
“While it’s gratifying so many Floridians across the state came together to demand accountability, there was one conspicuous absence..Rick Scott,” King said. “The Governor of our great state should be the first voice to demand racism is never normalized, not duck and hide from leadership. Governor Scott’s refusal to stand with the well-meaning people of Florida is a result of the arrogance that comes with decades of one party rule, and an important reminder of the need for change.”
Scott did call Artiles’ remarks “disgusting” and reached out to Gibson following the exchange.
King is currently running in a Democratic primary, which also includes Tallahassee Governor Andrew Gillum, who has also blasted Artiles’ behavior. Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Orlando Attorney and Medical Marijuana Champion John Morgan are also considering a run.