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Controversial Jax Ethics commission nominee pulled from consideration

In the wake of a springtime clash between anti-Trump protesters and Jacksonville police officers, a very public clash soon ensued on Facebook between Jacksonville Ethics Commission nominee Leslie Jean-Bart and Fraternal Order of Police head Steve Zona.

That clash — which involved, among other things, Jean-Bart defending protesters using the inflammatory phrase “f— the police” by posting that “Also, F*** the Police is protected free speech. I’m not going to condemn it because there is no reason to do so” — has now reached denouement.

And it appears Jean-Bart will not be moving toward the Ethics Commission anytime soon.

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee moved 6-0 to withdraw Jean-Bart’s nomination. And Tuesday evening in Jacksonville City Council, the full legislative body likely will do the same.

The nomination was withdrawn at the request of its sponsor: Public Defender Charles Cofer, who was endorsed by the police union and Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams in his primary pillowfight against the scandal-damaged former incumbent.

Rules Chair Garrett Dennis also noted Sunday evening that FOP Head Zona indicated some discomfort about Jean-Bart’s nomination.

If protesters had quoted almost any other late-1980s hip hop song, Jean-Bart likely would be on Ethics as of Tuesday evening.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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