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Steinberg quits House following ‘sexxxy momma’ texts

by John Kennedy | February 24th, 2012

Rep. Richard Steinberg, a Miami Beach Democrat, resigned Friday, two days after admitting  he harassed a married Miami prosector with anonymous text messages, at least one calling her ‘sexxxy momma.’

Steinberg, a former Miami Beach city commissioner first elected to the House in 2008, apologized and said he was quitting to “attend to my family’s personal affairs.”

“The events of the past week have been difficult for my family, for me and for everyone involved,” Steinberg said in a statement. “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.

 

“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.

Federal agents tied Steinberg to messages sent for more than three months last year to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos. The messages were sent under the screen name “itsjustme24680.″

No charges have been filed.  But after the Miami Herald reported that federal documents had been made public in the case, Steinberg left the House to return to Miami.

Just hours before he left, Steinberg had been an outspoken opponent of a bill critics say is aimed at allowing prayer in public schools.

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5 Responses to “Steinberg quits House following ‘sexxxy momma’ texts”

  1. Big Dem Says:

    “Just hours before he left, Steinberg had been an outspoken opponent of a bill critics say is aimed at allowing prayer in public schools.”

    I bet the pig is praying now!

  2. D Says:

    This guy is your typical democratic pig politician! Lets see how many liberals will post here supporting his actions. Loser!

  3. Mimi Says:

    This Democrat is appalled at his behavior… but honestly, it had nothing to do with his politics and everything to do with him being troubled. No one, Republican or Democrat sends messages like that if they’re well balanced decent people. I’m afraid politics attracts some really unsavory immoral types… Newt, I’m talking to you.

  4. Family Dynasty Says:

    This is another clear example as to why the public should not keep voting in relatives of former elected officials.

    It’s the Kennedy phenomena. Not qualified, but gets elected by name power.

  5. AW Says:

    This guy is another Anthony Weiner. A big loser. What an embarrassment to the family and his religion.

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