Florida's secretary of state resigns after blackface photos emerge

January 24, 2019 - 3:33 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Florida's secretary of state, Michael Ertel, has resigned after photos emerged of him wearing blackface as a Katrina victim at a Halloween party.

The photo, taken at a private event 14 years ago, shows Ertel with fake breasts and black paint on his face, presumably to mock a black woman struggling in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Ertel had been the Seminole County supervisor of elections and was picked by new Gov. Ron DeSantis to take over the department that oversees elections.

During his campaign for governor, DeSantis came under fire from Democrats who said he made racially divisive comments about Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.