Florida school board recommends ousting Moms for Liberty co-founder over Republican sex scandal

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Florida school board recommends ousting Moms for Liberty co-founder over Republican sex scandal



Dec. 12, 2023

A Florida school board voted Tuesday to recommend the resignation of one of its members as she is embroiled in the fallout from a sexual assault investigation against her husband, the state Republican Party chairman.

The Sarasota County School Board cannot directly remove Bridget Ziegler from the panel, but voted 4-1


for a resolution calling for her resignation. The resolution was written by board chair Karen Rose, who said in an email that she is shocked and deeply saddened by the rape allegations involving Ziegler’s husband, Christian Ziegler, and the couple’s admissions about


have a sexual encounter with three people


with the prosecutor.

I personally care about Bridget and her family and deeply regret the necessity of this course of action, but given the intense media attention at the local and national levels, her continued presence on the board would create irreparably harmful distractions to our critical mission, Rose wrote.

Bridget Ziegler is a co-founder of the Conservative Party


Mothers for freedom


. She has


on the board since 2014, when she was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott, and has done it before

served as is

chair. She voted against the resolution and said she was disappointed, but gave no indication that she would resign.

After the vote, she remained on the board. Florida’s Republican chairman refuses to resign over rape allegations and says he is innocent

Before the meeting, several dozen people marched outside

carry signs and

singing: Hey hey, ho ho, Bridget Ziegler has to go.

Some carried signs that read, “Underneath the signs” were slogans

Ban Bridget, no books and real women are not homophobic.

Bridget Ziegler should apologize and resign, says Carol Lerner of Support Our Schools, a nonprofit that supports public education. The Zieglers are con artists through and through.

Board member Tim Enos said it is on the agenda


Ziegler to decide whether he wants to retire. Only Florida’s governor can remove a school board member, and only under certain conditions, such as a criminal charge.

If she continues and does not resign and stays, we have an obligation that we must all focus on education, Enos said. ‘Politics must move outside the boardroom. It should only be about the children.

Sarasota police are investigating a woman’s allegation that Christian Ziegler raped her in her apartment in October. According to police documents, the Zieglers and the woman had planned a sexual threesome that day, but Bridget Ziegler couldn’t make it. Prosecutors say Christian Ziegler arrived anyway and attacked her, according to the documents.

Moms for Liberty’s focus on school races across the country is creating a political clash with teachers unions

Christian Ziegler has not been charged with a


crime and maintains his innocence, arguing that the encounter was consensual. Scott, now a US Senator, Governor. Ron DeSantis and other Florida Republicans have made the call

Christian Ziegler him

to resign as chairman of the Republican Party, but he has refused.

In a recent message to Florida Republicans:

Hello Christian Ziegler

said he would remain chairman “because we have a country to save and I will not allow false accusations of a crime to put that mission on the bench while I wait for this process to conclude.

Christian Ziegler’s attorney, Derek Byrd, said in an email Monday that he hopes [the] investigation will be concluded soon. A spokesperson for the Sarasota Police Department said there is no timetable for the investigation to be completed.

Bridget Ziegler has long been active in conservative politics. She championed the DeSantis-backed law, known by critics as Don’t Say Gay, that would restrict teaching

material about sexuality sexual

and gender


in the early school years. Moms for Liberty, which she co-founded in 2021, aims to inject more conservative views into schools, limit transgender rights, fight pandemic mask mandates and remove books the group objects from classrooms and libraries.

Florida Republicans pass school laws on pronouns and diversity



appointed Bridget Ziegler to the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District

which that

oversees the operations of Walt Disney World. That panel, which replaced the Disney-controlled one, was created by the Legislature at DeSantis’ request after Disney objected to the Don’t Say Gay law. The board


is the subject of state and federal lawsuits over control of the massive theme park outside Orlando.

Democrats and others

Critics say the Zieglers are hypocritical because the alleged sexual activities are


contrary to the conservative views they push on others, especially LGBTQ+ people.

The Zieglers have made a habit of attacking anything they believe goes against family values, whether it’s reproductive rights or the existence of LGBTQ+ Floridians, said Democratic Party Chairman Nikki Fried in a statement. The level of hypocrisy in this situation is staggering.

The state GOP called a meeting in Orlando on Sunday to discuss Christian Ziegler’s future as party chairman.


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