Steinberg resigns amid "sexxy mama" texting scandal

Feb 24, 2012

A Florida House member has resigned after admitting to sending several harassing text messages to a married federal prosecutor. Lynn Hatter reports Representative Richard Steinberg stepped down from his post Friday.

Miami Democrat Richard Steinberg’s resignation comes two days after news reports that he used a fake identity to send unwanted text messages to an assistant U.S. Attorney who is married. The minority caucus’ spokesman Mark Hollis says the party got word of the resignation Friday morning. 

“Leader Saunders and other caucus members indicate they respect his decision. They realize this is an important family matter and that’s what’s important at this point.” 

In a statement announcing his resignation, Steinberg apologized and asked for privacy while he deals with his personal affairs. The 39-year old now-former lawmaker is married with a young child. He supported numerous anti-stalking bills during his time in the legislature.