Ron DeSantis calls for Christian Ziegler to resign as Florida GOP Chair amid criminal investigation
Christian Ziegler. Image via Facebook

Christian Ziegler
The Florida Governor said the party can't have a Chairman facing such serious allegations.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for Republican Party of Florida Chair Christian Ziegler to resign. The move comes a day after news broke that Sarasota Police are investigating the party leader for rape.

DeSantis, a candidate for President, was asked by ABC News about whether Ziegler should step down. The Governor did not hesitate in saying yes.

“I don’t see how he can continue with that investigation ongoing given the gravity of those situations,” he said.

ABC News reporter Will McDuffie further quoted DeSantis calling the accusations “very serious,” though he reserved judgment on the validity of the accusation.

“I think he should step aside and think he should attend to that,” DeSantis said. “He’s innocent until proven guilty, but we just can’t have a party Chair that is under that type of scrutiny.”

A Sarasota Police report shows an investigation has been underway since Oct. 4, and that a woman accused Ziegler of a rape allegedly on Oct. 2.

A heavily redacted Sarasota Police report offers few concrete details. The report verifies an active criminal investigation, but enormous details were redacted as police stressed the investigation remains ongoing.

In Sarasota, multiple sources close to Ziegler have said the woman was in a long-term tryst with both Ziegler and his wife, Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler.

Nothing released by police indicates any involvement of Bridget Ziegler in the incident or the investigation.

Christian Ziegler serves as the State Committeeman for the Republican Party of Sarasota and does consulting work for Republican candidates across the country.

He boasts close ties to both DeSantis and former President Donald Trump, both Florida politicians in contention for the Republican nomination for President.

It’s unclear how long a criminal investigation will take to unfold. Ziegler has turned over electronic devices as part of the investigation following the issuance of a search warrant.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Michael K

    December 1, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Yes, but a thrice-divorced, twice-impeached election denier and insurrectionist, facing 91 indictments, is a saint. I thought all those things were net positives for the MAGA party (formerly GOP).

    • Peter Draggon

      December 1, 2023 at 5:16 pm

      From the “Do as I say, not as I do” crowd. Hypocrites.

  • PeterH

    December 1, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Apparently DeSantis has inside knowledge or he wouldn’t be making this recommendation.

    The most relevant feature to this latest apparent sexual abuse by a Christian Republican is the female abuse accuser was in an extended sexual three way with both Ziegler and Ziegler’s wife.

    Use your high schooler imagination and comprehend that the chief architect of the disingenuous “Mom’s for Liberty” is busy burning LGBTQ library books while participating in a homosexual three-way. America’s youth have zero confidence in today’s GQP.

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy.
    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • tom palmer

    December 1, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Under the circumstance, DeSantis could not say anything else.

  • Earl Pitts "Political Scientist Emeritus" American

    December 1, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Unfortunately we live in a world where there are “Dook 4 Brains” on each side of the political divide.
    You all have seen me, Earl Pitts American, speak with equal distain for both “Dook 4 Brains RINO’S AND Dook 4 Brains LEFTIST’S”.
    The one sage fact we all have to go on is that the “Next POTUS Ron, “THE RONALD” DeSantis says this Zeigler person needs to go.
    Good Bye Zeigler person.
    Thank you America,

    • rick whitaker

      December 1, 2023 at 6:54 pm

      earl what would you do if desantis asked you to break the law? your blind fake devotion to a scumbag like desantis is sick

      • Predators’ Party

        December 2, 2023 at 9:37 am

        Earl is on the IDF list and will be greeted accordingly.

  • My Take

    December 1, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    What next? How can the Immoral Minority GOP top this one? Was the lady trans? A drag queen? Does the family have a big dog?
    Why it’s something you you hear you might see on the sidewalks of San Francisco. Or the sheds or haylofts of rural Republican redneckia.
    Our children need protection from these conservatives.

  • My Take

    December 1, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    DeSSantos probably has some stooge he wants to appoint.
    Not Randy Fine thòugh.

  • Joe

    December 1, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    The Zieglers are absolute human scum, which anybody with a conscience could tell before Tiny D got in bed with both of them.

  • Don't Say Florida

    December 1, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    And how’s Rhonda’s buddy with the Taylor Swift tickets doing? Oh yeah, he dead. Gross Old People.

  • JD

    December 1, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    Hey, lets not forget MOMS FOR LIBERTY WAS COFOUNDED by his wife. That whole org needs to go.

    The whole attacking drag queens and gays was all for show and pandering. F@cking shameless.

    But remember the Ziegler family motto “It’s not Gay if it’s a threeway”.

    • My Take

      December 2, 2023 at 8:30 pm

      “Eatin’ ain’t cheatin’ ” — Gingrich

  • My Take

    December 1, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    Today’s wayward conservatives can be a lot more entertaining than yesterday’s. Threeways , with at least one ‘looker,’ instead of say restroom romancing at highway reststops.

  • My Take

    December 1, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    Pictutes. We need pictures.
    For t-shirts.
    Labeled , “Who’se Got What in Whom Where?”

  • My Take

    December 2, 2023 at 5:51 am

    DeSSgustus — “Resign. Get off the headlines. I want the headlines!”

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