Florida secretary of state who resigned apologizes for blackface photos

Florida's former secretary of state apologized in a Facebook post on Sunday for wearing blackface and dressing up as a victim of Hurricane Katrina, claiming that photos of the racist outfit were leaked out of "revenge."

The Associated Press reported that Michael Ertel, who resigned last month, acknowledged what he did in the 2005 photos was stupid, and that he's changed in the time since.

"Over the past week I have been rightfully apologizing for something I did Halloween night, 2005," he said. "For those who have not received a personal apology yet — I'm sorry."

Ertel asserted that someone made the photos public out of revenge, but did not provide specifics or respond to a phone call from the AP.


“Because while public revenge may be sweet for them, my private redemption, new family, and blessed life have been sweeter,” Ertel wrote, according to the AP. “Regardless of the circumstances which ended my public role, I’m a better private citizen for having served my fellow countrymen, first in the military, then in elected office and most recently as Secretary of State.”

The Tallahassee Democrat obtained photos of Ertel, which show the official in blackface and red lipstick. He is also wearing earrings, a New Orleans Saints bandana and a purple t-shirt that said "Katrina Victim," according to the paper. The photos were reportedly taken a short time after the hurricane devastated New Orleans.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE (R) has since named Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Laurel Lee to replace Ertel.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) was engulfed by scandal over the weekend after photos were published from his medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another individual wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Northam initially apologized for the photo, but later insisted he was not in the image. He has thus far refused calls to resign