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The Democratic Party leader of the Florida state senate issued a joint statement Tuesday with the Republican Chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, acknowledging that “our longtime friendship evolved to a level that we deeply regret,” the Miami Herald reported.

“We have sought the forgiveness of our families, and also seek the forgiveness of our constituents and God,” the statement read. “We ask everyone else to respect and provide our families the privacy that they deserve as we move past this to focus on the important work ahead.”

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The statement was released after an anonymous website, www.FloresBraynonAffair.com, published surveillance video of the hallway separating senators’ rooms at The Tennyson, a condominium building in Tallahassee where legislators often stay during the session.

“The author deployed cellular-wireless cameras overlooking the common area of the 6th floor hallway,” the website claims. “The deployed cameras overlooked areas where residents commonly traveled and where there was no reasonable expectation of privacy (in the hallway, parking garage etc).”

The website posted maps of the building and multiple surveillance videos, which the site claims documented “Senator Flores entering Senator Braynon’s apartment at night in her Pajamas and coming out the next morning for 4 straight nights.”

“The author cannot come up with any rational justification for elected Senators, of opposing parties, that are both married, to fraternize and spend the night with each other on multiple occasions and in succession,” the site reads.

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In October, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens abruptly resigned after acknowledging an affair with a lobbyist.

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