Florida’s secretary of state resigns after photos emerge of him wearing blackface
Michael Ertel, newly appointed secretary of state, submitted a letter of resignation after photos emerged of him wearing blackface as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a Halloween party.
Gov. Ron DeSantis accepted Ertel’s resignation letter Thursday.
Ertel wrote in his letter, “I am submitting my resignation as Florida Secretary of State effective immediately. It has been an honor to serve you and the voters of Florida.”
The photo was taken in 2005, eight months after Ertel was appointed Seminole County supervisor of elections and two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. https://t.co/quleb5ZMGX
— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) January 24, 2019