Florida’s Republican chair has denied a woman’s rape allegation in a case roiling state politics (ABC News)

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    Florida’s Republican chair has denied a woman’s rape allegation in a case roiling state politics – By Terry Spencer (Associated Press) / Dec 2, 2023

    Gov. DeSantis called for his resignation, roiling state’s conservative politics.

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The head of the Florida Republican Party, whose wife is a founder of one of the nation’s most prominent conservative groups, has been accused of rape, leading Gov. Ron DeSantis to call for his resignation, roiling the state’s conservative politics and creating accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats and LBGTQ+ activists.

    Police search warrant affidavits obtained by Florida news organizations show that a woman who had been friends with Christian Ziegler for 20 years has accused him of raping her in her apartment two months ago. Ziegler, a longtime party activist who took over the state Republican Party in February, denied the allegations in an interview with police, saying the sex was consensual.

    No criminal charges have been filed against Ziegler, 40, but the Sarasota Police investigation remains open. The accuser’s name has not been released, and The Associated Press doesn’t identify the possible victims of sexual assault without their permission.

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