TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The chairman of Florida’s Republican Party, Christian Ziegler, is currently under investigation for alleged rape. However, it is important to note that no charges have been filed, and Ziegler's lawyer maintains his client's innocence.
This investigation comes at a crucial time for the Republican Party of Florida. With former President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis both running for president, and the state GOP working towards the re-election of U.S. Senator Rick Scott, it is vital for them to address this matter promptly. Furthermore, Florida played a pivotal role in securing a slim majority for Republicans in the U.S. House in 2022, and the party must now defend their newly acquired seats.
The Florida Center for Government Accountability was the first to report on the investigation into Christian Ziegler. Ziegler, who is married to Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, has been implicated in the redacted incident report provided by the Sarasota Police Department. While the report mentions rape and sexual assault, all references to Ziegler have been redacted.
In response to these allegations, Ziegler's lawyer, Derek Byrd, issued a statement emphasizing his client's full cooperation with the Sarasota Police Department. Byrd also cautioned against rushing to judgment, noting that public figures are often falsely accused for political or financial gain. It is therefore crucial to wait for the conclusion of the investigation before making any determinations.
The ongoing investigation surrounding Christian Ziegler is undoubtedly a matter of great significance for the future of the Republican Party in Florida. As key figures within the party vie for higher office and work towards maintaining their majority, this issue must be addressed and resolved promptly, ensuring justice and transparency prevail.
Police Report Filed Regarding Incident at Private Home
A police report was recently filed on October 4th, detailing an incident that took place two days prior at a private residence. The details of this incident have not been disclosed.
Democrats React Swiftly to Investigation
Following the filing of the police report, Democrats wasted no time in politicizing the investigation. State Democratic Party Chairwoman Nikki Fried released a statement commending the accuser's courage for coming forward against a prominent political figure, Christian Ziegler. Fried went on to express her belief that Ziegler should not be able to lead the Florida GOP while under the cloud of these allegations.
Ziegler Assumes Leadership of Florida GOP
Christian Ziegler assumed leadership of the Florida GOP in February, just three months after Governor Ron DeSantis secured a decisive re-election victory. Despite national setbacks for Republicans, DeSantis' win in Florida represented a bright spot for the party.
The Zieglers: A Republican Power Couple
Christian Ziegler and his wife Bridget are a well-known power couple within the Republican Party. Bridget Ziegler serves on the Sarasota County School Board and has garnered attention for her involvement with Moms for Liberty, an organization advocating for conservative principles within public education. Their work includes addressing issues related to civil and LGBTQ rights, as well as educating students about marginalized communities.
Bridget Ziegler's Appointment by DeSantis
Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Bridget Ziegler to a state-created board responsible for overseeing development on Disney World property. This decision came amidst a contentious disagreement between DeSantis and Disney, stemming from the company's opposition to his proposed ban on LGBTQ topics in public schools.