The Republican occasion of Florida suspended chairman Christian Ziegler and demanded his resignation throughout an emergency assembly Sunday, including to calls by governor Ron DeSantis and different prime officers for him to step down as police examine a rape accusation in opposition to him.
Ziegler is accused of raping a girl with whom he and his spouse, Mothers for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, had a previous consensual sexual relationship, in response to police information.
“Christian Ziegler has engaged in conduct that renders him unfit for the workplace,” the occasion’s movement to censure Ziegler stated, in response to a doc posted on the social media platform Twitter/X by Lee county GOP chairman Michael Thomason.
Ziegler tried to defend himself throughout the closed-door assembly, however the occasion board rapidly took the motion in opposition to him, Thompson stated.
“Ziegler on cleaning soap field attempting to defend himself, not working,” Thompson posted earlier than confirming the votes.
The occasion’s government committee will maintain one other vote sooner or later on whether or not to take away Ziegler.
The Sarasota police division is investigating the lady’s accusation that Ziegler raped her at her house in October. Police paperwork say the Zieglers and the lady had deliberate a sexual threesome that day, however Bridget Ziegler was unable to make it. The accuser says Christian Ziegler arrived anyway and assaulted her.
Christian Ziegler has not been charged with a criminal offense and says he’s harmless, contending the encounter was consensual.
The accusation additionally has brought about turmoil for Bridget Ziegler, an elected member of the Sarasota faculty board, although she shouldn’t be accused of any crime. On Tuesday the board voted to ask her to resign. She refused.
The couple have been outspoken opponents of LGBTQ+ rights, and their relationship with one other girl has sparked criticism and accusations of hypocrisy.
Along with DeSantis, Republican senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, US consultant Matt Gaetz and Florida’s Republican Home and senate leaders have all known as for Christian Ziegler’s resignation.