Desloge Cleared of Wrongdoing

A Leon County commission candidate accused of violating election law by his own political party is cleared of any wrongdoing. District Four candidate Bryan Desloge received a letter Wednesday from the Florida Elections Commission that stated the complaint made against him was found to be legally insufficient.

The elections violation complaint was filed last week by the Chairman of the Leon County Republican Party. It came after Desloge made the switch from the At-Large race to District Four, a day after outgoing Commissioner Tony Grippa turned in his letter of resignation.

The complaint accused Desloge of deceiving voters into giving him campaign funds "in belief he was running for the At-Large seat." It also alleges he violated election laws because his disclaimer and logo listed him as a candidate for a different race.

Bryan Desloge said, "It doesn't reflect well on the party and it certainly takes a non-partisan race and turns it into a partisan race, which is kind of a disappointment. I would've expected more, but it is what it is."

Republican Party Chairman Dan Abel says he disagrees with the finding.

"The Leon County Republican Party continues to stand behind their belief that Mr. Desloge misled voters of the community."

Desloge says he sent out 800 letters this week, stating he will refund campaign donations to anyone who wants their money back. A few have taken him up on his offer. So far, three candidates have qualified for the District 4 race to seat the remaining two years of Grippa's term:

Bo Bludworth
Bryan Desloge
Will Messer