Steinberg quits House following ‘sexxxy momma’ textsby 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.