Arza Resigns

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

It's going from bad to worse for former Republican State Rep. Ralph Arza.

First he resigned Wednesday after being encouraged to do so by fellow Republicans who thought he had disgraced the party by using obscenities and a racial slur in a voice message on another representative's phone.

Now he's charged with two felony counts.

The state attorney's office charged Arza with one felony count each of retaliating against and tampering with a witness. Also charged with the same counts was Arza's cousin, Paulino Barbon, Jr.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement affidavit says police were able to trace two threatening calls to Arza's cell phone and three to a phone belonging to Barbon from October 21.

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