Amid investigation, some of Judge Hulsey's backers back away


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 4th Circuit judge under investigation for allegedly using racial and sexist language and misusing his authority claims the charges are politically motivated and more will come out when he can tell his side of the story.

In the meantime, re-election campaign literature claims Judge Mark Hulsey has the support of three local sheriffs, several Jacksonville City Council members and former Mayor John Delaney. Delaney told News4Jax Tuesday he had pulled his support of Hulsey, and Councilman Reggie Brown said he never endorsed Husley and wasn't aware his name was on Hulsey's literature until he was told about it.

Brown said he would support Husley if the allegations are determined to be false. 

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said he had given his endorsement months ago, before the allegations came out. 

Hulsey's formal reply to the accusations against him is due to the clerk of the Florida Supreme Court this month. Hulsey is on the Aug. 30 ballot for re-election, facing challenger Gerald Wilkerson.



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