Gov. Rick Scott’s appointee to the powerful board that regulates Florida utilities resigned Monday after a state senator said he made “vulgar and inappropriate gestures” to her last year. Former Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne will not serve on the Public Service Commission as a result. Scott appointed Workman on Sept. 15. He would have taken office Jan. 2 at an annual salary of $131,036. Read more: “Florida’s new utility regulator: Uber driver, donkey farmer, legislator” Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW The PSC considers all rate requests by electric and gas utilities in Florida. In the latest sexual harassment revelation to rock Florida’s capital, Workman’s resignation on Monday came minutes after Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, issued a statement in which she said he repeatedly made “vulgar and inappropriate” gestures toward her at a public event, even after she asked him to stop. In her statement, Benacquisto said: “At a public charity event in 2016, former Rep. Ritch Workman approached me from behind, pushed his body up against me and made vulgar and inappropriate gestures. I immediately asked him to stop. He continued to make vulgar and inappropriate comments and gestures until other attendees intervened. I found his conduct to be abhorrent. As such, I will not agenda his appointment to the Public Service Commission for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Rules.” Benacquisto chairs the Senate Rules Committee, which was required to confirm Workman’s appointment in order for him to serve a full four-year term on the five-member PSC. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, also issued a statement that said: “The incident that Sen. Benacquisto described is horrendous. I support Sen. Benacquisto’s decision not to agenda Rep. Workman’s appointment in the Committee on Rules and accordingly Rep. Workman’s appointment to the Public Service Commission will not be confirmed by the Florida Senate.” Workman did not respond to a request for comment from the Herald/Times. An emotional Workman told The News Service of Florida he did not recall the incident, but said “the