Florida Secretary of State Resigns After Blackface Photos Emerge

FL Sec Of State Resigns Over Photos Of Him In Blackface Dressed As Katrina Victim

In an email sent to Controversial Gov. Ron DeSantis after the photos emerged, Ertel wrote, "I am submitting my resignation as Florida Secretary of State effective immediately".

DeSantis' office told Fox News on Thursday the governor accepted Ertel's resignation.

Reports claim Ertel's costume showed him dressed up as a Hurricane Katrina victim.

The newspaper reported that when it texted Ertel the photos, he identified himself as the person pictured. About two hours later it issued a terse statement.

The news cast a pall on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' new administration after a quick start that had begun to win him bipartisan plaudits, including for steps taken on the environment and medical marijuana.

Ertel has generally earned high marks from his colleagues in the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and was seen as an advocate for implementing the recently approved Amendment 4, which allows ex-felons to regain their voting rights.

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She added at the time: "For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance".

"As a personal friend, I'm heartbroken", said Plakon and added that Ertel had a good reputation in his home county.

Ertel's resignation comes just days after DeSantis, who barely won a contentious campaign riddled with accusations of racism, bragged about the diversity of his appointees at a Black church on Martin Luther King Jr.

At a news conference, Governor DeSantis responded to the resignation, saying: "It's unfortunate".

According to The Tallahassee Democrat, the photos were taken at a private Halloween party 14 years ago, when Ertel, 49, served as a Florida county election supervisor. Last year, DeSantis narrowly defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in a bitter race with racial overtones. "At the same time, I want people to lead and not have any of these things swirling around him so I felt it was best to just move on", DeSantis said.

The former public relations professional was appointed by the newly elected governor in December 2018, according to The Orlando Weekly.

The hurricane had occurred only a few weeks before and Ertel was in his first months as county elections supervisor, having been appointed in February to fill a vacancy by then-Gov.

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