Florida GOP Chair won’t take sides in Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump feud
Christian Ziegler throws his hat in the crowded ring for Florida GOP Chair.

'Y’all can battle it in the Primary.'

Count Christian Ziegler out of the 2024 Primary fight between Florida’s Governor and Donald Trump.

As the former President spoke in Lee County Friday, the chair of the Republican Party of Florida pledged neutrality in the battle between Trump and Ron DeSantis.

“For the commentators: I am neutral in the potential Presidential showdown, but Pro-Florida always. I appreciate and have a great relationship with President Trump and Gov. DeSantis,” Ziegler tweeted.

“Both men have fundamentally transformed my state & our Republican Party for the better. Y’all can battle it in the Primary. I’ll be focused on building the Florida GOP
General Election machine for whomever the grassroots voters select and send to us,” Ziegler added.

Ziegler’s balancing act was evident since he won the Chair race earlier this year.

Back in February, the former President posted to Truth Social.

“We won a big Chairmanship in Florida over the DeSantis Reps, but actually, it’s a win for ALL. That’s the way we want it. Christian will be a great Chairman!”

Trump’s Truth Social post amplified a POLITICO Florida article by Matt Dixon, which addressed the insider intrigue bubbling underneath the race for Chairman. Dixon quoted one DeSantis loyalist who deemed the outcome a “giant Florida win for Trump.”

“Chair races across the country are and should be important for people running for President,” a consultant plugged into the thinking of the Trump camp said to Dixon. “To that extent, the more Trump candidate won today. That means the Trump campaign is likely pleased with the outcome.”

Ziegler is a close ally of the most recent former chair Joe Gruters, a state Senator also from Sarasota, who endorsed Trump this week.

Gruters, a former Republican Party of Florida Chair, made clear he’s with Trump for the long haul.

“With the A team,” he tweeted. “Onward to ‘24!”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • DeSantis is a failed leader

    April 21, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    transformed the state? Yeah that’s true. They transformed it. DeSantis actually ruined Florida to where we’re both US an international tourist don’t even wanna visit Florida .
    Disney may decide not to invest another 14 billion into Florida and what happens if the $5 billion in tax revenue goes away

    DeSantis is anti-Florida an anti-business. He’s unfit for office.

    • Kim

      April 21, 2023 at 11:47 pm

      You’re full of crAp. Leave then. We need the space.

      • PeterH

        April 22, 2023 at 12:43 am

        From those who worked with DeSantis in Washington:

        Rep. David Trott (R-Mich.). He sat next to DeSantis for two years when they both served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
        The then-Florida lawmaker “never said a single word to me,” Trott said in an email this week to POLITICO Playbook. “I was new to Congress, and he didn’t introduce himself or even say hello.”
        “I think he’s an askhole,” Trott added in a phone interview. “I don’t think he cares about people.”

        • Ocean Joe

          April 22, 2023 at 5:45 am

          Paybacks are hell.
          Does not play well with others.
          You get what you give.
          But look at the other guy. People worship him and then he throws them all under the bus.
          At least Desantis doesnt have the personal magnetism you need to set a mob loose on the Capitol.

      • Ron Be Gone

        April 22, 2023 at 6:08 am

        No thank you. Multi generation native here and can say that most of us want nothing to do with this manufactured, culture war garbage. No thanks to all you Ohioans and other midwesterners who have ruined our beautiful state.

  • Earl Pitts American

    April 21, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    Good evening America,
    Looking back now I, Earl Pitts American, can see that Ron was wicked smart to follow my wise advice and hold off on announcing his run for POTUS until I tell him that the time is right.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Donald J Trump

      April 22, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      I’ll send a far right mob to come and see you after I win 2024. We can get your IP. I’ll send 3% militia to your place of residence.

  • Kim

    April 21, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    Trump put out a statement today trashing Florida as a state. About how bad it is here. Trashing our state was a bigger mistake thAn trashing the most conservative gov in 40 years. Gov Desantis is a decent man. With a excellent background. The Republican Party needs to purge the drama king bully.

    • PeterH

      April 22, 2023 at 4:46 pm

      For the past 80 years Florida has won the reputation of being labeled:

      “A sunny place for shady people!”

      THAT’S WHY THE TRUMP CRIME FAMILY MOVED HERE! DeSantis has continued with Florida’s spiraling decline. Soon we’ll be compared to Mississippi and Alabama.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 22, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Trump is correct that Fleur D’uh is the trash bag of the USA East Coast, but isn’t that a confession of his own idiocy for living there? Trump and DeSantis are just two losers squabbling to be the biggest loser.

  • PeterH

    April 22, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Florida “a sunny place for shady people” is a large collection of criminals on the run, Russian oligarchs living high in Trump Miami Beach properties, real estate developer scammers, tax avoiders on the Government dole, and of course Republican grifters of every flavor imaginable.

    Why do you think Trump moved here?

  • Cra Cra Criminals

    April 25, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Christian Ziegler is a coward. He is also definitely not a Christian. He and his equally corrupt and equally fascist wife have destroyed what was once a very nice and tolerant part of Florida, Sarasota County. They imported the Proud Boys and criminals like Michael Flynn. They need to both be expelled from the country.

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