(Politico) MATT DIXON 01/24/2019 03:35 PM Florida Secretary of State Mike Ertel abruptly resigned after photographs emerged of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim. I am submitting my resignation as Florida Secretary of State effective immediately" Ertel wrote in an email to Gov. Ron DeSantis which was obtained by POLITICO. Ertel submitted the resignation just before 2 p.m. Thursday after the Tallahassee Democrat informed the governors office earlier in the day that it had unearthed photographs of Ertel in blackface at a Halloween party in 2005. Prior to being named Secretary of State in December Ertel served as Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.