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Senior Florida official announces black-and-white images



  Michael Ertel

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Michael Ertel was Florida Secretary of State for a few weeks

Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel has resigned after photos of him appear in Blackface as victims of hurricane Katrina.

The pictures printed by the newspaper "Tallahassee Democrat" are said to have been taken in 2005 at a Halloween party. 1

9659007] Mr. Ertel wore a scarf and a shirt with the inscription "Katrina Victim" on the front. He was a local pollster back then.

Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people, most of them in Louisiana.

Secretary of State's responsibilities include monitoring elections in Florida and promoting his economic interests around the world.

Ertle was appointed to the role in December by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

"I can not say anything," said Mr. Ertel when he was approached by the Tallahassee Democrat for commenting on the photos.

He returned hours after the paper had shared her with the Florida Governor's office.

Mr. Ertel deleted his Twitter account and was not available for comment.

Mr. Ertel was the Election Officer of Seminole County for 14 years and won four elections for the role.

He received numerous awards in Florida growing voter registration.


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