Florida school board passes resolution demanding Moms For Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler resign after police launched rape investigation against her husband and their ménage a trois with another woman came to light

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The resolution was passed by Sarasota County School Board 4-1 Tuesday night
  • Bridget Ziegler said she was ‘disappointed’ and voted against the motion 
  • The motion is not legally binding and only recommends that Ziegler voluntarily tender her resignation 

A Florida school board has passed a resolution demanding the resignation of Moms for Liberty co-founder whose GOP chairman husband has been accused of rape of a woman who said she was in a three-way relationship with the couple. 

The Sarasota County School Board voted 4-1 during Tuesday’s meeting asking Bridget Ziegler to voluntarily step down from the panel.

Ziegler voted against the measure. 

The board can not force her to resign and Zeigler has given no indication she plans to leave her post.  

The resolution was drafted in the wake of a criminal investigation into Ziegler’s husband Christian Ziegler who has not been charged.

The Sarasota County School Board passed a motion demanding the resignation of Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler in the wake of rape allegations against her Republican chair husband

Ziegler's husband Christian has been accused of rape of a woman who said she was in a three-way relationship with the couple

Ziegler’s husband Christian has been accused of rape of a woman who said she was in a three-way relationship with the couple

Christian Ziegler has not been charged but was subjected to a criminal investigation

Christian Ziegler has not been charged but was subjected to a criminal investigation

The resolution was drafted by the board’s chair Karen Rose and stated that Ziegler’s continued presence would cause, ‘an irreparably harmful distraction to the school board’s ability to fulfil its critical, constitutional mission of operating’.

‘It’s not about the left, it’s not about the right it’s about students,’ Rose said introducing the motion.

‘Any proposal I put forward is based on instruction, learning and what is in the best interest of our students. Safety and security is foremost.’

Her motion, which is not legally binding, was seconded by fellow board member Robyn Marinelli who received a round of applause for her support.

Ziegler said she was ‘disappointed’ the vote would be going ahead and pointed out she sits on other public boards where her presence was not considered a problem.

She did not respond at length to the motion, but asked the board’s lawyer Patrick Duggan to reiterate that that it ‘does not have any teeth’.

Only the the governor has the power to remove Ziegler and the board declined to move to write a letter to him. 

Sarasota County School Board passed the motion calling for Ziegler's resignation 4-1 on Tuesday

Sarasota County School Board passed the motion calling for Ziegler’s resignation 4-1 on Tuesday

The board's chair Karen Rose proposed the motion which stated that Ziegler's presence would  cause, 'an irreparably harmful distraction to the school board's ability to fulfil its critical and constitutional operations'

The board’s chair Karen Rose proposed the motion which stated that Ziegler’s presence would  cause, ‘an irreparably harmful distraction to the school board’s ability to fulfil its critical and constitutional operations’

Ziegler was a key player in the passage of Ron DeSantis’ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill and founded the right wing conservative Moms for Liberty chapter. 

But the Florida governor has subsequently called for Christian Ziegler to step down as Republican chair.

‘I am not here to characterize the sexual proclivities of Mrs Ziegeler,  Having sex with another bowman in a threesome with her husband is not the issue,’ local man Rudolph Lucek told the hearing.

‘But when you claim the moral high ground and then you attack the moral integrity of others the blatant hypocrisy of Mrs Ziegler and how it reflects on the credibility of this board is a significant concern to this community.’

Saratosa parent Elizabeth Bornstein told the board she was ‘upset, furious, in disbelief’ over the scandal as she called for the board to hold Ziegler ‘accountable’. 

‘BZ must resign now, like the Wizard of Oz the curtain has been pulled back on Bridget Ziegler,’ Joyce Peralta added.

‘While claiming she was fighting for family values, it is now evident that Bridget and her husband Christian were fighting culture wars for the couple to gain power money.

‘How many parents delighted this week in having to answer the question from their children “what is a three way”?’

She added that she did not care about ‘what consenting adults do privately’ but was troubled by the ‘campaign of hate’ Ziegler was allegedly leading due to her views on LGBTQ+ and race issues.

The board cannot remove Bridget Ziegler outright, even though her husband Christian has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman the two had planned to have a ménage-a-trois with

The board cannot remove Bridget Ziegler outright, even though her husband Christian has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman the two had planned to have a ménage-a-trois with

Ziegler voted against the motion and said she was 'disappointed' the resolution was being debated since her position on other public boards has not been called into question

 Ziegler voted against the motion and said she was ‘disappointed’ the resolution was being debated since her position on other public boards has not been called into question

Ziegler previously earned the endorsement of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for her Sarasota school board seat. He has since encouraged her husband to step down amid the sex scandal

Ziegler previously earned the endorsement of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for her Sarasota school board seat. He has since encouraged her husband to step down amid the sex scandal

‘Your children deserve privacy that will only be obtained when you and your husband remove yourself from the public positions that amplify you hypocrisy.’

But others leapt to Ziegler’s defense, including local man Martin Hyde.

‘I’m proud of Bridget Ziegler turning up tonight, it took a hell of a lot of guts,’ he said.

‘Whatever you think the truth is she is one person against a whole room, and shame on you anyone who comes here to talk about a mother-of-three.

‘Let’s try to be reasonable, I don’t dispute your right to come here and call Bridget out […] but spare a thought for a young mother-of-three, spare a thought for someone who has committed no criminal offense whatsoever.’ 

Meanwhile a pastor urged the board not to judge Ziegler too harshly, quoting the bible as he said ‘let he who is without sin cast the first stone’.

Ziegler has served on the board since 2014, when she was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott, and has previously been its chair.

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a woman’s accusation that Christian Ziegler raped her at her apartment in October.

Police documents say the Zieglers and the woman had planned a sexual threesome that day, but Bridget Ziegler was unable to make it.

The accuser says Christian Ziegler arrived anyway and assaulted her, according to the documents.

Christian Ziegler has not been charged with any crime and maintains his innocence, contending the encounter was consensual.

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