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Steinberg resigns amid "sexxy mama" texting scandal

Rep. Richard Steinberg on House floor
Rep. Richard Steinberg on House floor

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.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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