Christian Ziegler out as Florida GOP Chair
To know Christian Ziegler is not to like him.

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A decision is likely happening today on a new Chair.

The Republican Party of Florida has formally removed Christian Ziegler as Chairman.

The executive committee for the party voted to expel the embattled Chair through a 199-3 vote.

Ultimately, action to remove the Chair came from those who know Ziegler well. Shawn Foster, Pasco County State Committeeman, made the motion. Jack Brill, chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota, seconded it.

“Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end of this really sad journey we’ve all had to take in the last three months,” Brill said.

Ziegler, who has been embroiled in a sex scandal for months, did not show up for the vote, a difference from a few weeks ago when he pleaded his case to the party’s state executive committee.

Shortly after the vote, the executive committee elected Evan Power, previously the party’s state Vice Chair, as the new Chair. He defeated National Committeeman Peter Feaman.

Ziegler lost his job as Chair less than a year after winning an election over Power.

All this happens as Ziegler remains under active criminal accusation for sexual battery and video voyeurism. A longtime acquaintance accused Ziegler of raping her in a Sarasota apartment on Oct. 2. Ziegler maintained the sex was consensual.

But many say confessionals the Zieglers already made to police will haunt, if not end, any political ambitions for him and his wife, Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler.

When approached by police about the accusation, court documents indicate Ziegler produced a two-and-a-half-minute video of the encounter he made on his cellphone.

Police have since obtained the video as evidence, and suggested it contradicts key portions of the victim’s account. But the video also raises questions whether he filmed the sex without the woman’s consent.

Meanwhile, the woman told police she scheduled a three-way sexual encounter that day with both Christian and Bridget Ziegler. When Christian Ziegler told her in a digital message that his wife could not attend, she told him not to come over. Surveillance video verifies he showed up minutes later anyway.

Bridget Ziegler, a Sarasota School Board member and co-founder of the conservative Moms for Liberty, confirmed to police she and her husband engaged in a threesome with the woman more than a year prior. She has not been accused of any crime, but the sexual confession drew her directly into the scandal.

To date, Bridget Ziegler has resisted any calls for her own resignation. As an elected official, only Gov. Ron DeSantis can remove her. The Sarasota School Board last month passed a resolution calling for her to step down.

Brill declined to make a comment on Bridget Ziegler’s future. Of note, Christian Ziegler remains state committeeman for Sarasota County, an elected position. “That’s my next project,” Brill said. But notably, Christian Ziegler’s term runs out this summer.

The party has taken heat for waiting more than a month to formally remove CHristian Ziegler as state Chair, but officials said they were hamstrung by procedures and notification requirements.

“I want to reiterate that we’re spending a lot of time and energy on this on this meeting instead of focusing on the thing we need to focus on and that’s simply because Christian Ziegler did not do the right thing and resign,” said state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, a former Republican Party of Florida Chair.

Officials acknowledged the sex scandal forced a “pause” in fundraising for the party. Many stressed Ziegler’s leadership simply was untenable while he remained under investigation and based on the revelations about his personal life.

“I hope he gets exonerated from this from the criminal aspect for him and his children,” said JoAnn DeBartolo, Collier County state committeewoman. “Christian has his own business. I think right now he needs to focus on his main purpose.”

Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified the individual who made a motion to remove.

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].


8 comments

  • Joe

    January 8, 2024 at 1:54 pm

    Well… bye!

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 8, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    Yeah…. Now…
    He’s a real nowhere man
    Sitting in his nowhere land
    Making all his nowhere plans for nobody

  • PeterH

    January 8, 2024 at 3:11 pm

    Ziegler can always find gainful employment at FOX, Breitbart, NewsMax or Stormfront!

    • Impeach Biden

      January 8, 2024 at 3:23 pm

      I bet “Fantasy Island” Gold member Bill Clinton could find work at CNN, MSNBC, NPR, etc. By the way this really isn’t news. Everyone knew he was a goner. As he should be.

      • Jay Smif

        January 8, 2024 at 3:39 pm

        You mean “Fantasy Island” Fat Hitler Trump, MAGA slavegirl?

        “A Jeffrey Epstein accuser once claimed former President Donald Trump allegedly had “sexual relations” with one of her unnamed friends at the late pedophile’s New York home “on regular occasions,” according to another trove of court documents unsealed Monday.

        Sarah Ransome, in a string of emails in 2016, also claimed that she had copies of tapes Epstein had made of some of his high-profile friends — including Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and British business magnate Richard Branson — allegedly having sex with an unnamed woman. ”

        https://nypost.com/2024/01/08/news/new-batch-of-jeffrey-epstein-court-documents-are-released/

  • Jay Smif

    January 8, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    His wife is hot enough to do some Only Fans work, but they’re going to have to do a LOT of explaining to the kids as to why they’re moving into a crummy one-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of town.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    January 8, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    It’s a good start, but he really belongs in prison too.

  • Dereliction of Duty

    January 8, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    His wife is also on the Central Florida Tourism Oversight Board and DeSantis must explain why he is leaving her there and on the school board.

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