Christian Ziegler attended local Republican meeting after encounter with rape accuser
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The meeting was a few hours after the alleged event at the center of a criminal investigation.

Republican Party of Florida Chair Christian Ziegler attended a local party meeting hours after allegedly raping a woman.

Video shows Ziegler attended an Oct. 2 Republican Party of Sarasota meeting, and showed up around 5:20 p.m.

That’s less than three hours after surveillance video captured Ziegler driving to a woman’s apartment in a pickup truck with an SRQG0P license plate, according to a police search warrant. He showed up at 2:29 p.m., and could be seen driving away from the apartment complex at 3:07 p.m.

In the time he was there, the woman told police he caught her at her door, then forced her to have sex with him inside the apartment. He admitted to the sexual encounter, which he said was consensual. The warrant suggests Ziegler had told the woman by text that his wife, School Board Member Bridget Ziegler, would have come over to be part of the sex too had the meeting occurred an hour earlier.

A text message in the warrant shows the woman told Christian Ziegler five minutes before his arrival at the complex that she only wanted to meet if the husband and wife came over together.

“Sorry I was mostly in for her,” the woman texted Christian Ziegler at 2:24 p.m.

The warrant, first obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, provided details largely blotted out of a heavily redacted police report.

But it also put together a timeline upsetting to those who attended the county Republican meeting. Many reported Ziegler was in a good mood at the event, but arrived late and had to leave early for a family commitment. He stayed at the meeting for only a half hour.

The search warrant shows Sarasota Police have been trying to obtain video of the encounter allegedly taken by Ziegler and uploaded to his Google Drive.

Ziegler to date have not faced any charges over the rape allegations.

But regardless of whether he ever faces charges, many in the Republican Party of Florida have increasingly grown upset that he has remained chair days after accusations first became public.

Matt Caldwell, a state committeeman for Lee County, said Ziegler should step down.

“The police investigation and criminal charges will take their own courses,” Caldwell said. “But he has essentially admitted to an adulterous three-way affair with this woman. I certainly have no interest in an RPOF chair who is doing that.”

Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature have called for him to step down as well, including Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner.

Gov. Ron DeSantis called for Ziegler to step down as party chair the day the news broke, last Thursday. But as of Monday evening, Ziegler has rebuffed any such calls.

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].


7 comments

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    December 4, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Rape is practically a Holy Sacrament for Conservative Men.

    • My Take

      December 5, 2023 at 1:08 am

      At a Republican meeting he may not have been the only recent rapist there.

  • My Take

    December 4, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    “Sorry I was mostly in for her”
    ======
    It gets worse and worse.
    Or better and better.

  • Phil Morton

    December 4, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    It ain’t gay if it’s a three way.

  • PeterH

    December 5, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Imagine the discussions in high schools across Florida!

  • Richard C Russell

    December 5, 2023 at 11:07 am

    I now agree, Ziegler should go! The GOP does not need a pervert leading Florida’s Republican Party.

    • Amazed Again

      December 7, 2023 at 12:57 am

      You are joking, right?

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