Richard Steinberg Resigns from Florida House After Texting Scandal
After admitting to sending inappropriate texts to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos -- an unwilling recipient who complained to law enforcement about the matter -- Florida Rep. Richard Steinberg, D-Miami Beach, announced he would resign his office on Friday. His resignation takes effect immediately.
"The events of the past week have been difficult for my family, for me and for everyone involved. After much consultation with my family, my friends and my colleagues in the Democratic caucus -- and after some time for quiet, personal reflection -- I have decided to resign from my position, effective today, as a member of Florida’s House of Representatives,” said Steinberg, who represents parts of Miami-Dade County. "With the support of my family, my friends and my colleagues, I will remain home to attend to my and my family’s personal affairs. As I did earlier this week, I want to once again, very directly and sincerely, apologize to everyone I have hurt. I hope that you will respect my and my family’s privacy."