The newly appointed Secretary of State of Florida has resigned after photos of him have appeared in Blackface while he is dressed as a victim of Hurricane Katrina.
Michael Ertel was only appointed last month in the role, but handed over his notice to Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday after several photos of a Halloween party were published 14 years ago by the newspaper of the Democrat of Tallahassee.
They show it in blackface, with lipstick, earrings and a bandana from New Orleans Saints, with false breasts under a purple shirt on which & # 39; Katrina Victim & # 39; is written.
Mr. Ertel was appointed Secretary of State of Florida last month
According to the paper, the party took place only two months after hurricane Katrina devastated the east coast of the US, with the catastrophic damage most felt in the Louisiana city of New Orleans.
Nearly 2,000 people were killed as a result of the category five hurricanes, which also caused an estimated damage of $ 125 billion.
Ertel was at that time an electoral overseer in the Seminole district of Florida.
Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage in New Orleans
The official was reportedly sent the photos last week and confirmed that the depicted man was him, but told the newspaper that there was "nothing that I can say".
After his resignation, Mr. DeSantis – who is the youngest serving governor in the US at the age of 40 – said: "It is unfortunate, I think he has done a lot of good work.
"I do not want to get involved in some kind of controversy, so I thought it would be best to just accept the resignation and move on."
Ron DeSantis is the youngest serving governor in the US.
Mr. Ertel – whose Twitter account was deleted – spent only 28 days in the job after being hired on December 28.
He would have been responsible for overseeing Florida elections and promoting his economic interests, such as the famous tourist industry driven by theme parks.
DeSantis will now have to find someone to close the gap – his first notable disappointment since winning a hard-won election against Democrat Andrew Gillum in the meantime of November.
The Republican, who was supported by President Donald Trump, led to controversy during the campaign after urging voters not to "pet" this by choosing his African American opponent.