Florida GOP strips chair Christian Ziegler of power and pay amid rape allegation, sex scandal

Ziegler denies the rape accusation but admits to other sexual conduct the Florida GOP says 'renders him unfit for the office'

Protesters call for Bridget Ziegler's resignation from Sarasota, Florida, school board
Protesters call for Bridget Ziegler's resignation from Sarasota school board
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The Republican Party of Florida's executive committee voted unanimously Sunday to strip party chair Christian Ziegler of most of his responsibilities and all but $1 of his $124,000 compensation after he refused to step down amid a rape allegation and the acknowledged extramarital sexual activity it uncovered. The executive committee censured Ziegler for engaging in "conduct that renders him unfit for the office," and scheduled a Jan. 8 meeting in Tallahassee to decide his fate. 

Ziegler "cannot morally lead the Republican Party forward," vice chair Evan Power said after Sunday's tense emergency meeting in Orlando. Power, who will temporarily assume most of the chair's duties, said if Ziegler doesn't resign before the Jan. 8 meeting, the party will remove him then. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and other top Florida Republicans have called for Ziegler to step aside for the good of the GOP.

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