Florida’s Secretary of State Michael Ertel has tendered his resignation, effective immediately. Ertel resigned mere hours after testifying before a state legislative committee about election lawsuits.
The newspaper The Tallahassee Democrat published photos showing Michael Ertel at a Halloween party in 2005. Ertel was wearing blackface make up, earrings, falsies, and a purple shirt that said “Katrina Victim” on it.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Ertel confirmed that he was the person in the photos.
Governor Ron DeSantis’ office reported that the governor had accepted Ertel’s resignation.
“At the same time, you know I’ve got to have an administration that’s going to be focused on what matters to Floridians and I don’t want to get mired into kind of side controversies,” DeSantis told reporters gathered at a press conference discussing hurricane relief. “And so I felt it was best to just, you know, accept the resignation and move on.”
Governor DeStantis also stated that he believes Ertel regrets the photos.
File this under “play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” Michael Ertel is 49 years old. The party where he was photographed in blackface took place in 2005. A 35 year old man-and a politician especially-should know better than to wear such a costume and allow himself to be photographed in it.
Unless they’re a Democrat of course.