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Ritch Workman says he’s ’embarrassed’ by Ashley Madison connection

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Responding to a report in which he is listed as a customer of an online dating website for married people looking for affairs, powerful Florida House Rules Chairman Ritch Workman says he’s regrets signing up on the site and is embarrassed by the situation.

The Melbourne Republican’s name can be found in the data dump involving subscribers to AshleyMadison.com. On Tuesday, hackers who call themselves the Impact Team posted a 10-gigabyte file purporting to be from AshleyMadison.com. Research by Florida Politics and St. Pete Polls turned up Workman’s name, as well as several other Floridians involved in the political process.

It’s important to note that Workman joined the website when he was not married.

“During a time in my life when I was single, I saw an ad for an online dating site and I clicked on it,” Workman said. “Even though I never met anyone through this site and the site was clearly not for me, I regret this decision.”

“I am frankly embarrassed that this news has now come to light three and a half years later,” said Workman.

Workman’s name has been in the news a lot lately after it was reported he was moonlighting for the ridesharing service Uber.

Workman says he is “committed to serving the people of my district and the state of Florida, and that is the focus of my attention.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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