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Florida secretary of state resigns after photos reveal he wore blackface

Florida’s secretary of state, Michael Ertel, resigned Thursday after a Tallahassee newspaper obtained photos of him wearing blackface and shared them with Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed Ertel to the role.

Details: The photos were taken in 2005 while Ertel was serving as Seminole County supervisor of elections, and reportedly show him posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a Halloween party. Ertel would not comment on the record about the incident.

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