Gadsden County Commissioner Jeffery Moore did not deny the photograph was of him when confronted by the county’s sheriff
Gadsden County Commissioner Jeffery Moore resigned final week after an alleged photograph of him dressed as a klansman at a Halloween get together surfaced in the neighborhood, the Tallahassee Democrat reported on Tuesday.
Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Younger advised Politico a number of people advised him the photograph, which depicts a person at a celebration excitedly waving his arms for the digicam whereas sporting the white robes and pointy hood of a KKK member, was Moore in his youthful years. The opposite partygoers within the photograph have had their faces scratched out of the picture. Younger indicated that he approached Moore in regards to the photograph, who “by no means denied in any respect” and advised him it was a dressing up. He “refuted nothing after I confirmed him the photographs,” Younger stated, he then indicated to Moore that he “thought he wanted to resign.”
A DeSantis appointee, Moore solely served on the board for round two months, having been appointed in July and turning into the one white member of the board. The previous Division of Income official additionally served as the one Republican on the five-person Gadsden county board, the one predominantly Black county in Florida.
Residents of the county expressed outrage over the photograph, demanding that Moore and the Florida state authorities make clear if it was actually Moore depicted sporting the racist garb. “Persons are upset,” Brenda Holt, the Gadsden County Commissioner, advised the Tallahassee Democrat. “I don’t know the historical past of that photograph, however I do know that folks depend upon us in politics to do higher. I’m involved about younger folks seeing this.”
Neither Moore nor DeSantis’ workplace have addressed the photograph, each indicating that they have been in the course of preparations for Hurricane Ian and never accessible to remark. In his resignation letter, addressed to the Florida governor, Moore indicated he was not in a position to proceed serving in his put up for “private purpose,” and has refused to straight tackle if the photograph spurred his resignation. Moreover, Moore suspended his marketing campaign for the District 2 County Commissioner normal election.