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In the first organizational upheaval of his likely presidential campaign, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida parted ways Tuesday with a new aide who was to oversee his digital efforts.
Ethan Czahor, a co-founder of Hipster.com, was hired as “chief technology officer” for Mr. Bush, but was dismissed one day after his appointment was announced after a trail of inflammatory comments was revealed.
“While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization, and it is appropriate for him to step aside,” said Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Mr. Bush.
Mr. Czahor initially deleted a series of sexually charged Tweets, including one that mentioned “sluts,” and Ms. Campbell had earlier suggested that his job was safe.
But The Huffington Post subsequently reported that when he was a college radio host in 2008, Mr. Czahor compared rappers to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King, he said, “didn’t have his pants sagged to his ankles” and did not speak in “jibberish.”
Mr. Czahor also said at the time that black parents needed to get their act together — although he used a stronger word than act — “as the majority of newborn black babies belong to single-parent households.”
It is unclear if Mr. Bush’s aides were aware of the extent of Mr. Czahor’s comments on sex and race when he was hired, but his departure represents a setback for a would-be candidate who is determined to run a more tech-savvy race than the Republican Party’s recent presidential hopefuls.
In the weeks since opening his political action committee, Mr. Bush has released a number of videos in English and Spanish on Instagram, and this week he posted the first chapter of an e-book about his tenure as governor.
“I was digital before digital was cool,” he likes to say.