Disgraced former Sen. Jack Latvala has withdrawn his bid for the Governor’s Mansion.
The Clearwater Republican sent a formal termination of his gubernatorial campaign Friday to Secretary of State Ken Detzner. The Florida Division of Elections website indicates that Latvala’s campaign is no longer active.
The move comes a little more than two months after he formally resigned his seat in the Legislature, following an investigation that found probable cause that Latvala sexually harassed women in the workplace and may have engaged in quid pro quo activity, trading powerful votes for sexual favors from female lobbyists.
Under Florida law, Latvala has 90 days to zero out his account and can no longer accept campaign contributions, effective immediately.
Florida Politics reported in February that Latvala had begun returning campaign contributions. It was reported that the prorated refunds would be dealt back to donors at approximately one-half of the original amount.
Latvala’s campaign finance reports are not yet updated to reflect February refunds. In January, the account returned 12 — $1,500 refunds.
While Latvala must close out his campaign account, he won’t have to do the same for his affiliated political action committees, which can continue to be active despite the lack of an ongoing campaign.
The former budget chief’s largest PAC, Florida Leadership Committee, still has $3.9 million banked.