Rick Scott says Christian Ziegler should resign after ‘disturbing’ rape allegations
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'The Party has a very important decision before it.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott became the latest political leader calling for Republican Party of Florida Chair Christian Ziegler to resign.

“I’m very concerned about the reports I’ve read,” the Naples Republican said. “The allegations are very disturbing.”

Ziegler since October has been under active criminal investigation after a woman accused him of rape. A search warrant, secured to obtain video of the incident on Ziegler’s phone, showed that Ziegler acknowledged a sexual encounter but claimed it was consensual. Ziegler and his wife, Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler, also told police they had participated a three-way sexual encounter more than a year prior to the incident.

Scott stressed that Ziegler has the right to defend himself in court, but said he cannot effectively lead the state party.

“Everyone deserves their day in court and Christian and Bridget have been friends of mine throughout my career,” Scott said. “The Party has a very important decision before it, and the decision has to be made on what is best for winning elections in 2024. I don’t see how Christian can continue to successfully act as Chairman while this cloud hovers over him. I’m praying for everyone involved in this.”

Scott became the first Republican in Florida’s congressional delegation to call for Ziegler’s resignation. He follows several state officials in making the call.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, the day news of the investigation first broke, called for Ziegler to step down. Over the weekend, Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and Florida House Speaker Paul Renner also said Ziegler should no longer lead the party.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried also called on her GOP counterpart to resign shortly after accusations first publicly emerged. The Democratic leadership in the Legislature also called for the same, with Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book and House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell each posting on social media that Ziegler must go.

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].


  • Impeach Biden

    December 5, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    This is just more WOKE B.S. Rape is not a crime. Men should be allowed to take what they want from a woman. I’m sick of all this feminist WOKE trash.
    Rick Scott is showing that he’s another RINO sticking his woke nose where he shouldn’t and we all know that Rick Scott HATES our great governor Ron DeSantis.
    I’m praying to Jesus that Ron DeSantis pardons CHRISTIAN Ziegler. He did nothing wrong.

    • rick whitaker

      December 5, 2023 at 7:53 pm

      impeach biden, i read your post and when i read your words, ” i’m praying to jesus”, now i know what your problem is.

    • John Lentini

      December 6, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      “Men should be allowed to take what they want from a woman. I’m sick of all this feminist WOKE trash.” At first I thought this was satire but then I saw your name. You really should seek professional help.
      BTW, rape IS a crime in every single jurisdiction. And you are a douchebag in every sense of the word.

  • John Lentini

    December 5, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    This damn hypocrite, who bases his brand on being holier-than-thou has admitted to the 3-way sex. I hope more of his and Bridget’s partners come forward to expose more hypocrisy.

  • PeterH

    December 5, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Hopefully Florida’s media will investigate the personal family lives of all those connected to “Mom’s for Liberty!” Start interviewing Mom’s For Liberty neighbors, children, coworkers and employers

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy! Vote Republicans out of office!

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