TALLAHASSEE (970 WFLA) -- Florida Secretary of State Mike Ertel has resigned after just 16 days on the job.
The Tallahassee Democrat says it found pictures of him appearing in blackface as a so-called "Hurricane Katrina victim" at a Halloween party in 2005. Governor DeSantis saw the photos this morning. He tells reporters at an event in Marianna, he's sure Ertel regrets what he did, but doesn't want to get involved in "side controversies" and he thought it best to "move on."
Ertel had served as Seminole County Supervisor of Elections before being named Secretary of State by DeSantis earlier this month.