When Marco Rubio had to deal with the racism of a Florida lawmaker - Florida Politics

When Marco Rubio had to deal with the racism of a Florida lawmaker

As the Florida Senate considers what to do next as the imbroglio surrounding Republican Frank Artilles continues unabated, it’s important to remember that The Process has been here before.

As has been noted by many others in Florida’s political media, Republican Ralph Arza resigned after leaving a message filled with obscenities and racial slur on a colleague’s voicemail.

“I do not want to be the story,” Arza said at the time.

Well, Artilles will be the story for the rest of the 2017 Legislative Session unless Senate President Joe Negron takes a page from Marco Rubio, who, as House Speaker, pressed Arza to step down.

A former legislative leader who was by Rubio’s side when he made Arza resign recounted to me today what Rubio said at the time.

“In politics, there are only two things that are pretty impossible to recover from: one is anything involving sex with minors; the other is overtly racists statement.”

This begs the question: Will Artiles survive the Rubio Test?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.
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