CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on Senator Jack Latvala to resign following a bombshell report from a Senate special master.
The special master released his report on his investigation into Latvala on Tuesday evening. It concluded there is probable cause to believe Latvala inappropriately touched a former aide. The report also recommended a criminal investigation into whether the Clearwater Republican traded his vote for sexual favors.
Gov. Rick Scott released this statement on Wednesday:
Now that the special master report is complete and probable cause has been found, it is time for Senator Latvala to resign. Resigning is the best thing he can do now for his constituents, colleagues and the state.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi also released a statement calling for Latvala to resign.
I am appalled by the findings of the special master report. How can we trust Senator Latvala as a lawmaker to create the rules by which we live when he refuses to follow them? Not only did he fail to respect the confidentiality of the accuser’s name during the course of an investigation, creating a chilling effect on other victims, but now, the special master report shows probable cause. Senator Jack Latvala should resign immediately.
“I will not let Tallahassee, Fla. stop the #MeToo movement throughout this country. It is remarkable what women can do when we all stand together. Florida must be a leader in this movement.”
Latvala is also in the race to become Florida’s next governor and has not yet abandoned his campaign.
Another gubernatorial candidate, Republican Adam Putnam, called on Latvala to resign Tuesday night just hours after the report surfaced, saying no person should be subjected to that behavior.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor, also released a statement urging Latvala to resign.
I called on Jack Latvala to resign after his witness intimidation became public, and after today’s deeply disturbing Special Master’s Report finding probable cause, I once again call on him to resign. His conduct is deeply shameful and is keeping women from feeling safe and respected in our Capitol.”