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Moms for Liberty Pennsylvania chapter breaks away from national organization after co-founder’s Florida GOP chairman husband was accused of raping woman in ‘ménage a trois’ with couple

The Moms for Liberty Pennsylvania chapter has broken away from the national organization after its Florida co-founder’s husband was accused of raping a woman in a ‘ménage a trois’ with the couple.

Florida GOP Chairman Christian Ziegler, 40, is facing fierce accusations after a woman said he raped her after she canceled plans to have sex with him and his wife Bridget – who is the founder of Moms for Liberty.

Sarasota police are investigating the unnamed woman’s claim that Ziegler attacked her after she backed out of sex when she learned Bridget would not be present.

Ziegler, 40, said he and his wife are being targeted because they are ‘such loud political voices’ – and added that he will not resign over the allegations. 

However, Moms for Liberty’s Pennsylvania branch has disassociated from the organization because of the scandal – which has rocked the GOP and its supporters.

Pictured: Christian and Bridget Ziegler. Christian Ziegler, 40, is facing fierce accusations after a woman said he raped her after she canceled plans to have sex with him and his wife

Pictured: Christian and Bridget Ziegler. Christian Ziegler, 40, is facing fierce accusations after a woman said he raped her after she canceled plans to have sex with him and his wife

Clarissa Paige (pictured) founded the Northumberland County chapter in April 2022. She has disassociated her chapter with the national organization over the rape accusations

Clarissa Paige (pictured) founded the Northumberland County chapter in April 2022. She has disassociated her chapter with the national organization over the rape accusations

Clarissa Paige, the chapter chair, told the News Item: ‘It’s hard to advocate for parental rights when the co-founder is caught up in the scandal.

‘Our values are not aligning with the national organization.’

Paige is described online as a ‘dedicated mother, wife, and community leader from Watsontown, Pennsylvania.

‘Clarissa’s commitment to honesty and the pursuit of truth has led her to become an active and influential figure in her community.’

She founded the Northumberland County chapter in April 2022 and was also on the Moms for Liberty Pennsylvania Legislative Committee Chair, where she helped ‘further the organization’s goals and impact on the state level.’

A search warrant revealed that Bridget admitted to police that the couple had a sexual encounter with the accuser last year. Ziegler told detectives that he did have sex with the woman but that it was consensual.

Ziegler claimed he filmed the October 2 encounter before deleting the video and saving it on a Google Drive, according to police documents.

Florida Republican Party chairman Christian Ziegler has said he is innocent following a woman's claims that he raped her after she cancelled plans to have sex with him and his wife

Florida Republican Party chairman Christian Ziegler has said he is innocent following a woman’s claims that he raped her after she cancelled plans to have sex with him and his wife

In a letter to supporters, Ziegler wrote: ‘We have a country to save and I am not going to let false allegations of a crime put that mission on the bench as I wait for this process to wrap up.’

‘My family is rock solid. My wife is behind me 150 percent and we have methods in place to protect our (three) children, just as we have with all previous attacks that we have faced.’

The longtime GOP activist ascended to the state party’s top post in February.

Governor Ron DeSantis said last week that while Ziegler is innocent until proven guilty, he should resign to avoid becoming a distraction to their party – but Ziegler insists he won’t quit. 

No charges have been filed against Ziegler, but the Sarasota Police investigation remains open. 

Police records saying that the Ziegler had group sex with a woman have led Democrats and gay rights leaders to accuse the couple of hypocrisy, given that an organization Bridget Ziegler co-founded – Moms for Liberty – has joined DeSantis and the Florida GOP in pushing back against LGBTQ+ causes.

Bridget Ziegler is also an elected member of the Sarasota County school board and was appointed by DeSantis to the board that now oversees Walt Disney World´s land development. 

An unnamed woman claims that Ziegler sexually assaulted her after she backed out of sex when she learned his wife, Moms for Liberty founder Bridget Ziegler (pictured with Casey Desantis), would not be present

An unnamed woman claims that Ziegler sexually assaulted her after she backed out of sex when she learned his wife, Moms for Liberty founder Bridget Ziegler (pictured with Casey Desantis), would not be present

Together, the couple holds powerful influence in Florida GOP politics

Together, the couple holds powerful influence in Florida GOP politics

Bridget Ziegler (left) helped establish the framework for what would become DeSantis' (right) Parental Rights in Education Bill dubbed the 'Don't Say Gay' law

Bridget Ziegler (left) helped establish the framework for what would become DeSantis’ (right) Parental Rights in Education Bill dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

DeSantis pushed through legislation last year disbanding a Disney-controlled board after the company opposed his bill that limits sex education in schools.

The rape accusation against Ziegler became public last week after the Florida Center for Government Accountability, an investigative news organization, obtained a police report and the search warrant affidavits detailing the allegations.

The accuser’s name is redacted in the documents. 

The accuser, who has known Ziegler for 20 years, told police that when Bridget backed out of the plan to have sex, she texted Christian saying: ‘Sorry, I was mostly in for her,’ according to an affidavit.

The Florida GOP Chair pictured with former Republican president Trump

The Florida GOP Chair pictured with former Republican president Trump 

Later that evening, the woman claims that as she went to leave her apartment, she discovered Ziegler outside in the hallway – and alleges he then entered her property and raped her. 

Weeks later, detectives began to monitor calls and messages sent by Christian Ziegler to the accuser, according to the affidavit.

‘Where r u? Wanna meet and chat? Worried about you. You are my friend,’ Ziegler allegedly wrote in one message via Instagram.

‘Hell no not after what you did to me,’ the woman responded. ‘Do you not understand I am terrified of you?’

A 911 call, obtained by the Florida Center for Government Accountability, made by a friend of the alleged victim revealed she confided in the friend about being raped.

‘She told me she was raped,’ the friend informed the dispatcher on October 4.

‘She’s saying she’s scared, that the person who raped her came to her house, so she’s scared to leave… I’m worried about her right now,’ the friend explained.

In text and phone conversations monitored by investigators, Ziegler offered the woman ‘financial help’ before becoming suspicious that they were being recorded.

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