Ex-deputy says in lawsuit that politics led to his firing

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By: Associated Press
July 16, 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A former sheriff's deputy in Florida has filed a lawsuit over his firing.

Zac Zedalis says in a federal lawsuit that Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell fired him for criticizing Darnell's operation of the office during last year's Democratic primary.

Zedalis ran against Darnell in the primary, and lost when Darnell received 72 percent of the vote. Darnell won a third full term in November.

Authorities say Zedalis was fired due to a domestic dispute with his then-wife, Kathleen, who was also a deputy. The domestic dispute happened in July 2015 and both were fired in February 2016.

Alachua County Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said that the lawsuit is without merit. Darnell and Zedalis did not comment.

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