The word THUGGISH that you just heard was spoken last night by Duval county's GOP chairman .. Rick Hartley .. who is now back peddling from his comment .. which has angered supporters of the Mayor. Hartley was talking to channel 4 about a letter he has sent to the governor .. seeking an investigation of the Mayor's office over a story in the Times Union. The newspaper quoted a JEA board member as saying he was subjected to high pressure tactics by a top official in the Mayor's office .. who was seeking support for Mayor Brown's latest pension reform proposal. Channel 4's Tarik Minor is joining us now live from city hall to tell us that word THUGGISH has touched a nerve with some people .. Tarik. 3 3 3 00-0510-1546-52 12:50:12'YOU'VE BEEN QUOTED AS CALLING HIM THUGGISH, WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT _I regret using that word, i've been told thuggish is a racial slur."Duval GOP Chairman Rick Hartley is clarifying what he says he meant when said Mayor Brown actions are quote " thuggish". Harltley say he meant Mayor Brown is acting like a Chicago mayor. 12:45:33"i understand he needs to sell people his point, but it doesn't mean do it my way or I'll pull the rug out from under you."Hartley says he sent this letter to the governors office and attorney generals office calling for an ethics investigation into Mayor Brown. .But Channel 4 has contacted both offices and we have been told the Florida commission on ethics looks into these allegations. 13:02:03"THE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE DOESN'T INVESTIGATE ETHICS COMPLAINTS THE FLORID COMMISION ON ETHICS DOES, SO IN ESSENSE THE LETTER WAS SENT TO THE WRONG PLACE. Your exactly right, and that's why I don't give a whole lot of credence to the letter."City Council President Bill Gulliford says the call for an investigation distracts city leaders from finding a solution to the pension problem. He does however say he suspects there could be some truth to the JEA boardmembers claim, but nothing of any consequence. 13:01:21'i suspect he was leveraged, thats inapproppriate at best, and unethical at worst, it's pretty sad that we stoop to that." 3 Tarik .. how does the state ethics commission handle this type of allegation ..and when we will find out if the commission will investigate?