The resignation follows two special investigations that were conducted by the Senate into the sexual harassment allegations against Latvala that first surfaced in early November. I, therefore, will resign my seat in the Florida Senate at midnight, January 5, 2018.
One report found probable cause that he groped and verbally abused a Senate staffer and offered to trade his support for legislation for sexual favors with a lobbyist. I have maintained that the charges in the original complaint are fabrications and say that still today.
Several women had accused Latvala of inappropriately touching them or making demeaning comments about their bodies.
"I have had enough".
"Now that the special master report is complete and probable cause has been found, it is time for Senator Latvala to resign", Scott said in a prepared statement.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Scott called for Latvala's resignation calling it "the best thing he can do for his constituents, colleagues, and the state".
Latvala has said he has been known to tell some women they look "hot" but that he's never touched anyone against their will.
The complaint was filed by Rachel Perrin Rogers, a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson. One unnamed lobbyist said she was warned by two other lobbyists that Latvala would "be all over her and she should "try not to be alone with him".
"Further, given the seriousness of the allegations and the findings in the reports, I have directed my campaign and political committee to make a sponsorship donation in the amount of $50,000 from Saving Florida's Heartland, as well as $12,000 from my Agriculture Commissioner campaign account to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence", she stated.
"It has been my honor to serve my constituents in the Tampa Bay area in the Florida Senate for 15 of the last 23 years", Latvala's letter says.
Perrin Rogers' attorney said in a press release that the report confirms that Latvala created a hostile work environment for Perrin Rogers, and she criticized him for trying to undermine Perrin Rogers during the investigation. The report said the allegations were backed up by text messages that were not included in the document.
"Senator Latvala made the right decision".