Latvala says he's had enough and resigns from Senate

Florida GOP state senator investigated for 'quid pro quo' of sexual intimacy for 'support of legislative initiatives'

The 66-year-old Republican senator from Clearwater handed Senate President Joe Negron his letter of resignation today, ending a four decade career. I, therefore, will resign my seat in the Florida Senate at midnight, January 5, 2018.

His resignation followed close on the heels of the distribution of a report from a Senate independent investigator that found many women claimed the senator sexually harassed them, shamed them, or attempted to trade sexual favors with them in exchange for legislative influence.

According to one such incident detailed in the report, Latvala yelled at an aide about the lack of donuts in the Senate until Rachel Perrin Rogers, an aide to the state's Senate majority leader, arrived on the scene and said she would look into "the doughnut situation". However, his smear tactic failed when another accuser, a former Senate aide and lobbyist, came forward to say that Latvala had groped her and promised to vote for whatever she wanted to if she'd have sex with him. The letter, obtained by the Miami Herald, says, "I have had enough".

"Ms. [redacted] testified that between 2015 and 2017, Senator Latvala touched and groped her in an unwelcome manner every time she went to his office, and that she believed tolerating such behavior was part of her job as a lobbyist", the report said. "If this is the process our Party and Senate leadership desires, then I have no interest in continuing to serve with you".

Wednesday morning Gov. Rick Scott called on Latvala to resign.

Google's Year in Search 2017: Bahubali 2 was India's top trend
The annual Year in Search analyzes Google Trends data to uncover "what the world was searching for". In the tech category, the iPhone 8 , iPhone X and Nintendo Switch were at the top of the category.

Before his resignation, several top state officials - including Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi - called on Latvala to resign. "The allegations in this complaint, and the resulting Special Master's Report, describe behavior that violates the public trust".

"Further, given the seriousness of the allegations and the findings in the reports, I have directed my campaign and political committee to make a sponsorship donation in the amount of $50,000 from Saving Florida's Heartland, as well as $12,000 from my Agriculture Commissioner campaign account to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence", she stated. She said he "intimated to her on multiple occasions, that if she engaged in sexual acts or allowed him to touch her body in a sexual manner he would support legislative items for which she was lobbying", Swanson wrote.

"I felt it was something he felt entitled to", she noted, while supplying text messages from Latvala along with her testimony.

Negron released a statement saying Negron made the "right decision".

Related News:

Most liked

Trump Considered Dumping Gorsuch Over Perceived Disloyalty
"I never at any point faltered and am extremely glad for him and the activity he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. The reference to "the justice" was to Antonin Scalia , the late justice whom Gorsuch replaced, and "Mrs.

Lady Gaga Las Vegas Residency a Done Deal
That's right Little Monsters, Lady Gaga will bring her talents to the Las Vegas Strip starting in late 2018. The rumors are true . "Get ready for a brand new show!" she tweeted .

Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez declared election victor
Nasralla met with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and a senior State Department official in Washington on Monday. TV broadcast images of protesters setting up flaming barricades and blocking roads in cities around the country.

Things to Know About the NYC Bombing
He exited the vehicle and an officer shot him. "We are going to keep being New Yorkers", he also said. A photograph showed a man lying facedown, with tattered clothes and burns on his torso.

Messenger Just Added an Augmented Reality Feature and It's Freakin' Awesome
Moreover, you can add a 3D heart floating over someone's head and then try panning your phone's camera from side to side. To use a World Effect, simply open the Messenger Camera , and scroll to choose from the camera effects.

Apple To Release The "Most Powerful Mac Ever Made"

Australia appoints world's first female national rugby union chief executive
He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint heading up Fox Sports Australia's digital rugby coverage. All Offers and Promotions posted in this article excludes NSW residents.

Former president Mikheil Saakashvili held over coup claim
Saakashvili rose to power in Georgia during the 2003 Rose Revolution that drove then President Eduard Shevardnadze from office. Mikheil Saakashvili , the former Georgian president turned opposition leader in Ukraine, has appeared in court in Kiev .

Salmonella scare sparks global baby milk recall
Despite the claims, both Standard Foods and Multipower said they will unconditionally refund any products returned by consumers. On Sunday, the French firm said it was "sincerely sorry " for the trouble caused and the sick babies and affected families.

Heavy snow, high winds wreak havoc across Europe
Trains at the start of the working week will be busier than usual with passengers who postponed their journeys on Sunday. On Sunday, in high seas and strong winds a P&O ferry with several hundred passengers aboard ran aground near the port.

Keylogger found in Synaptics driver on HP laptops
Taking the few minutes necessary to patch your PC could save you from a world of hurt later on if your PC were to be compromised. Myng alerted HP, which he says responded "terrificly fast", in confirming the presence of the keylogger.

WWE pro wrestler Rich Swann arrested, charged with battery of wife
Per Gagnon, he was scheduled to face Drew Gulak with the top contender spot and a match against Enzo Amore on the line. The arrest stemmed from a domestic incident involving Swann's wife, pro wrestler Su Yung ( Vannarah Riggs ).

Poll position: Sensex surges 301 points, reclaims 33000 mark
Hero MotoCorp, SBI, Reliance Industries, TCS, Asian Paint and Dr Reddy's succumbed to profit-booking. ITC emerged as the top gainer with a 3.44 per cent rise, followed by Tata Motors at 2.21 per cent.

Who Is Jay Swingler? 'TGFBro' YouTuber Responds After Cementing Head In Microwave
A YouTube prankster let fame go to his head and nearly lost his life after a stunt took a wrong turn on Thursday afternoon. The Telegraph reports that the risky incident boosted Swingler's YouTube profile by racking up more than a million hits.

Cleveland Browns hire John Dorsey as their new general manager
Instead, Brown and his staff went home early and didn't file the paperwork for the reported McCarron trade. A lot of that was on Brown, who did a great job of collecting assets and a poor job of utilizing them.