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Even with the resignation, the Artiles uk canada goose episode captivated Tallahassee as new details emerged about questionable expenditures from his political committee, including payments to a former Hooters “calendar girl” and Playboy model for their services as “consultants,” even though they didn’t have any political experience.
Negron forced Artiles to apologize Wednesday on buy canada goose jacket the Senate floor for his alcohol canadian goose jacket fueled racist and sexist Monday night tirade against Sen. Audrey Gibson, D Jacksonville, in which he called her a “b ” and a “girl” and referred to some Republicans as “n as.” But outraged black lawmakers said his apology was not enough: They formally sought his expulsion from the Senate.
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“He made the right decision,” Negron said in a last minute Friday canada goose clearance afternoon news conference outside the Senate chamber. “All of us are accountable for our actions and comments.”
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“We regret that this action was necessary, but we believe it was the right cheap Canada Goose action to take,” Thurston said in a statement. “The actions of this Senate, and those of the multitude of Floridians who stood up in objection to the events of this week, are to be lauded. They underscored the critical lesson that words can be painful, they can be hurtful, and they can have consequences.”
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Artiles, an ex Marine known for his combative style, had hired a sharp elbowed Tallahassee lawyer and vowed canada goose to fight. He chose as his attorney Steven R. Andrews, one of the most feared lawyers in Tallahassee for his reputation as an opposition researcher and his ability to use public records to fight political battles and extract settlements from those he has sued, including Gov. https://www.canadagoosejackets7v.com Rick Scott.
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But the Senate process does not allow for Artiles to question lawmakers, and Negron simply overlooked the letter, ordering Senate general counsel Dawn Roberts to continue her investigation as planned.
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A Miami Dade County police officer, Orlando Fleites, parked across the street from Artiles’ home Friday and told a reporter who went to knock on his door that the former senator was not giving interviews. Two trucks were parked outside his home, including one sporting a state legislator tag.
Friends of Artiles, who spent the past few days outside of the Capitol seeking their counsel, said he had been angry and indignant at what he saw as a double standard: colleagues whose own behavior in his mind has not risen to Canada Goose Parka their standards. In the end, the friends convinced him that he would not weather the storm of public opinion and, even if he overcame the expulsion threat, his return to the Senate would become a drag on an already divided GOP caucus.
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Backed by the Canada Goose Outlet Republican Party and political committees controlled by key GOP senators, Artiles overwhelmed Democratic opponent Dwight Bullard canada goose coats on sale in fundraising. He raised $850,000 compared with Bullard’s $199,000 and won easily, with 51 percent of the vote. Bullard had 41 percent, and an independent got the rest. Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the district, 57 40 percent.
Partly at the direction of future Senate President Bill Galvano of Bradenton, the Florida Republican Senate Campaign Committee spent canada goose uk shop $1.9 million to help Artiles’ campaign. And Galvano used a political committee he manages called Innovate Florida Canada Goose Outlet to invest $275,000 more directly into Artiles’ campaign.
But the long list of expenditures filed with the Florida Division of Elections by Artiles’ political committee, Veterans for Conservative Principles, also raised some questions. Why did the committee hire a former Hooters calendar girl and a Playboy model with no political experience as “consultants”? Were the payments related to a trip to the Kentucky Derby or a fishing tournament in Key West? What was the more than $51,000 in reimbursements to Artiles for?
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Artiles’ political consultant David Custin refused to comment on why they listed the expenditures as “consultants.”
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