Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel Resigns After Blackface Photos Surface
Michael Ertel, the Secretary of State for Ron DeSantis has resigned after pictures have surfaced of him dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim in blackface for a Halloween party 14 years ago.
The Governor’s Office caught wind of the photos on Thursday morning and released a statement,
“The governor accepted Secretary Ertel’s resignation,” the Governor’s Office said.
“It’s unfortunate. He’s done a lot of good work,” he said, adding that he accepted the resignation because “I don’t want to get mired in side controversies.”
The incriminating photos were taken back in 2005, which was just two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. He can be seen wearing blackface, red lipstick, earrings and a New Orleans Saints bandanna with fake boobs under a T-shirt labeled “Katrina Victim.”
Ertel submitted his resignation in an email around 2 p.m Thursday, writing,
“I am submitting my resignation as Florida secretary of state effective immediately,” he wrote. “It has been an honor to serve you and the voters of Florida.”