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DeSantis Appointed Florida Official Resigns After KKK Costume Photo Surfaces Online

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Jeffery Moore, a Gadsden County local commissioner, has been forced to resign from his post in Florida’s only predominantly Black county after a photo of him sporting a KKK costume began circulating.

DeSantis appointed Jeffery Moore in late July. He previously worked former Department of Revenue employee. 

“Please accept this notification of my resignation, effective this date of Sept. 23, 2022, from the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners,” Moore wrote to the Governor’s Office. “Thank you for the opportunity to have served in the position, however for personal reasons I am no longer able to continue.”

The image appears to show Moore dressed in a Klan robe and was quickly shared on Twitter.

When confronted, Moore did not attempt to distance himself from the image.

“He never denied at all. Refuted nothing when I showed him the pictures,” Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young told Politico. “I thought he needed to resign, and I told him that.”

A representative from DeSantis’ office says they are focused on more important issues at present. “I’m not aware of the photo you sent but Jeff did submit his resignation last week,” Taryn Fenske, DeSantis’ communications director, told the publication.

Moore is also a former Chairman of the Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District, is a member of the National Association of Conservation District’s Board of Directors and is the immediate past President of the Association of Florida Conservation Districts. 

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