TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling embattled State Sen. Jack Latvala "a distraction," a move that could put pressure on the powerful Republican to resign.

Scott said in a statement on Thursday that it was "obvious that Senator Latvala remaining in the Senate is a distraction. It seems that everyone in Tallahassee is talking about this and not how to make Florida better."

Scott's remarks were first reported by Politico Florida.

Latvala has been accused by six women of groping or making demeaning comments about their bodies. The Florida Senate is investigating Latvala.

Latvala has denied the allegations, but this week one of his anonymous accusers went public. Rachel Perrin Rogers is a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson and her husband is a prominent GOP consultant.