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DeSantis calls for FL GOP Chair to resign after rape allegations

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Via NBC News’ Alec hernandez:

Speaking to reporters after his debate with California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, DeSantis called the allegations “serious” and said Ziegler should resign.
“I don’t see how he can continue with that investigation ongoing given the gravity of those situations,” DeSantis said.

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“And so, I think he should step aside. I think he should tend to that. He’s innocent until proven guilty, but we just can’t have a party chair that is under that type of scrutiny. And so, I hope that – I hope the charges aren’t true. I’ve known him, I’ve known Bridget, they’ve been friends. But the mission is more important.”

Earlier today, the Florida Democratic Party called for his resignation as well:

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 In response to reports that Christian Ziegler, Chairman of the Florida GOP, is under criminal investigation for sexual battery, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement:

“Allegations of rape and sexual battery are severe and should be taken seriously,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “I applaud the accuser’s bravery in coming forward against a political figure as powerful as Christian Ziegler, and I trust that the Sarasota Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations of criminal behavior.

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“Christian Ziegler can’t possibly continue to lead the Florida GOP under these conditions. Given the severity of the criminal allegations, I’m calling for his immediate resignation.

“As for the more salacious allegations — what happens behind closed doors is Christian and Bridget’s personal business. That being said, I do find it interesting that two people who are so obsessed with banning books about gay penguins might be engaged in a non-traditional sexual relationship.

“As leaders in the Florida GOP and Moms for Liberty, the Zieglers have made a habit out of attacking anything they perceive as going against ‘family values’ — be it reproductive rights or the existence of LGBTQ+ Floridians. The level of hypocrisy in this situation is stunning.”

Ziegler has been accused of rape by a woman he and his wife Moms for Liberty co-founder and Sarasota School Board Member Bridget Ziegler we involved with in a 3-way sexual relationship. According to police, Chris’ phone was confiscated by them as part of the investigation reportedly alleges he secretly recorded the sexual encounters.

Bridget Ziegler and Governor DeSantis

Moms for Liberty’s initial tweet reacting to the news was quickly deleted.

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