Disney board keeps quiet on scandal surrounding Bridget Ziegler’s husband
Bridget Ziegler appears to be at the nexus of the fight against school mask mandates.

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Only one audience member addressed the situation, calling for board member Bridget Ziegler to resign.

The state-controlled Disney World tourism board stayed silent at its latest meeting regarding Bridget and Christian Ziegler’s growing scandal.

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Bridget Ziegler to the board that runs Disney World’s infrastructure and emergency services in February.

Shaking up Florida’s political landscape, news broke that Bridget’s husband, Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chair Christian Ziegler has been accused of sexually assaulting a Sarasota woman in October. He is under investigation, although he has not been charged with a crime.

The police investigation brought up lurid details of Bridget and Christian’s private life. Bridget, known as a co-founder of Moms for Liberty and for fighting against LGBTQ issues, told police she and her husband previously had a consensual sexual encounter with the accuser.

A growing number of leaders — including DeSantis himself — have urged Christian to step down from his influential GOP position, and some critics are now calling on Bridget to resign from her Sarasota County School Board post.

Just outside Disney World, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight Board (CFTOD) did not address or acknowledge the controversy during its previously scheduled in-person special meeting. Bridget Ziegler attended the meeting remotely but did not speak. The only comment came from a member of the public, Celebration resident Debbie McDonald, who called Bridget a hypocrite.

“The Governor has called on her husband, Christian Ziegler, to resign his position with the Florida GOP in the wake of the serious criminal allegations. Bridget should follow,” McDonald said during public comment. “In her case, it is a distraction from the governance of this board.”

The board did not directly respond to her criticism.

The Disney tourism board saved most of their choice words for The Walt Disney Co. during Wednesday’s nearly four-hour meeting.

The tourism board, which is in a legal fight with Disney, approved a scathing audit report looking at Disney’s power and control and the lack of independence from Reedy Creek Improvement District before it was renamed the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

In response, Disney called the board’s audit “an exercise in revisionist history.”

The audit said Disney used its special district to have almost total control and argued there had been a lack of oversight by Reedy Creek.

“The Reedy Creek Act was a Pandora’s box, a curse disguised in the form of a beautiful gift. Now that the truth is out, Florida lawmakers and government officials should expel the curse with more reforms to the district,” said board Chairman Martin Garcia.

Meanwhile, Disney slammed the audit as “neither objective nor credible, and only seeks to advance CFTOD’s interests in its wasteful litigation that could derail investment within the district. Further, it does not change the fact that the CFTOD board was appointed by the governor to punish Disney for exercising its Constitutional right to free speech,” according to the company’s statement.

The feud between state Republicans and Disney began after the theme park company’s then-leader criticized Florida’s Parental Rights in Education legislation, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law by critics. DeSantis pushed legislation that gave him the power to appoint new members to the tourism board, which included Bridget Ziegler, and for the state to be allowed to inspect the Disney World monorail for the first time.

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


13 comments

  • Minivan Taliban

    December 6, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    More like Bridget Sieg Heil.

  • Jay Smif

    December 6, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    “Bridget, how about you come home with my girl and I and we’ll go round the world on you together?”

    • Unsafe For Jews And Blacks: Florida

      December 6, 2023 at 4:51 pm

      A fun thruple isn’t a problem unless they are homophobic and despicable bullies; then it’s FAFO time check.

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  • Mother Superior Slapshot

    December 6, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious me, the Sisters and I have been blushing at the news that the Moms For Liberty co-founder has discovered that what is good for the gander is good for the goose, so to speak. Sister Mary Laffbottom (she’s German) says that Ms. Ziegler should write a children’s book about it — and then she could have it immediately banned to set a good example for all the boys and girls and their parents, bless her heart.

  • Debbie L Williams

    December 7, 2023 at 12:33 am

    I wish what this Christo fascist hypocrite is doing was funny, it is not. I read one of her posts about the virtues of Thomas Jefferson that ignored his “dark” side. While two things can be true simultaneously, she wants to whitewash history while making public policy. She wants to hide things that make her uncomfortable; pretend they never happened and/or don’t exist, kind of like her sexuality. If she will do that to herself, what will she do to us, our children? I understand fear of the past, the unknown, etc. but the self-hate people like her are pushing is evil and untenable to our survival, peace, and happiness. Call them out. Get them off our school boards. We know what our children need.

  • Lynda

    December 7, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Someone who has admitted to what she herself would certainly call “abnormal sexual needs” and is most likely working to make those needs criminal behaviour does not belong on a Board which has oversight for Disney.

    Her hypocrisy in banning children’s books through the organization she founded (Moms for Liberty) if normal sexual behaviour between two consenting adults or physical and emotional changes are even mentioned in books containing necessary information for children experiencing puberty or for young children who want to understand what is happening in their mother’s body in a normal pregnancy, those books are banned.

    Mrs Ziegler has not earned a (paid) Board position on deSantis’ punishment for Disney. She should resign.

    DeSantis is unfit to govern Florida because it is the political party of his appointees to important Boards or positions within his administration which counts. He has a burdened Florida with a useless Surgeon General whose advice is laughed at by actual qualified medical experts. And now the Zieglers have admitted to conduct which brings disrepute to the deSantis administration and shows the extremists in the party formerly known as Republican are hypocrites.

    • Steven Thomas

      December 7, 2023 at 3:06 pm

      Did you just say that there is hypocrisy is banning children’s books that have to do with what consenting adults do???? Why do children need to know about what consenting adults do??? That’s like saying let’s put Hustler magazine in the children’s library. What is wrong with you?

      • truthsayer

        December 8, 2023 at 4:16 am

        When you see a gay couple all you see is “sex”, when they see you and your wife they don’t. You reduce gay relationships to sex so that the mere visibility of it is “sexualizing” to you; that’s your prejudice.

        If I reduce Straight relationships to sex, then every cartoon and kid content is sexualizing the kids. You’re doing it when you let them know you’re married, or hold hands, or kiss, or invite kids to your wedding, or when you let them play house or or or.

        Why do children need to know about what straight consenting adults do???? That’s like saying let’s put Hustler magazine in the children’s library. What is wrong with you?

        • rick whitaker

          December 8, 2023 at 6:35 pm

          truthsayer, that steven thomas dude was out of line, you did a good job of straightening him out

  • truthsayer

    December 8, 2023 at 4:05 am

    This board is being rightfully dragged through the dirt for a unending list of corruption and scandals; so they try to pivot with the most transparently pathetic attempt:
    *The board: the previous board was bribed by Disney.
    *The world: OMG! how?
    *The board: with standard perks and benefits that all companies and special districts grant their employees.

  • Joe

    December 11, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    The scandal definitely surrounds Bridget herself as well as Christian, considering it all started with their shared consent in this menage a trois.

  • Marty Hyde

    December 15, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Really Bridget? Vilifying poor LGBTQ students and their support system. While you put your tongue where it shouldn’t be on who it shouldn’t be with, by your accounts. The real victim. Here is your kids. You’re an embarrassment to yourself, your embarrassment to the school district, your parents with a Florida. It’s the end of the school board meeting with such a smug attitude. You are a skank joke.

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