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Moms for Liberty co-founder faces calls for resignation from school board amid sex scandal

A real-life drama is playing out in Florida, with a leading conservative advocate for traditional family values fighting to keep her position on a school board after details about her alleged role in a sex scandal involving her husband and another woman came to light.

Bridget Ziegler, a co-founder of the conservative political organization Moms for Liberty, faced criticism from the community during the last several Sarasota School Board meetings, when residents turned out with calls for Ziegler to resign.

The Sarasota School Board has requested Ziegler’s resignation, even voting on it at one of their meetings in December. The vote was 4-1 for her removal, with Bridget Ziegler herself being the holdout. But board members do not have authority to remove her from the board and she has refused to step down.

“Bridget Ziegler is no longer an effective politician,” said Zander Moricz, the former 2022 class president at Pine View School who now runs the youth-led organization, Social Equity through Education (SEE) Alliance. He is demanding Ziegler’s resignation. “This is make or break.”

PHOTO: Board member Bridget Ziegler, seated at a Sarasota County School Board meeting in Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 12, 2023.   (Thomas Simonetti for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Board member Bridget Ziegler, seated at a Sarasota County School Board meeting in Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 12, 2023. (Thomas Simonetti for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Bridget Ziegler’s advocacy has seen her speak at numerous Republican events and rallies, and even cheering on the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, a controversial ban on any LGBTQ+ curriculum in kindergarten through third grade. Similar legislation is now making its way through 30 other states.

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“I don't want my children or their peers to learn to hate America through the anti-American curriculum that we continue to see,” Bridget said during a June 2021 appearance on Fox News.

The saga began when Bridget’s husband, Christian Ziegler, was recently removed as Florida’s Republican Party Chairman after being accused of sexual assault by an unnamed woman who the couple admits had previously engaged with them in threesomes.

The accuser, who has been friends with the Zieglers for almost two decades, told Sarasota police that she had been sexually assaulted by Christian Ziegler after she canceled their plans for a threesome when Bridget Ziegler dropped out.

A court-obtained affidavit shows the woman stated, “she was not in a place to consent because it was her day off and she had been drinking tequila all day.”

PHOTO: Sarasota school board member Tom Edwards says that he has witnessed “the explosion of Moms for Liberty across the country.” (ABC News)
PHOTO: Sarasota school board member Tom Edwards says that he has witnessed “the explosion of Moms for Liberty across the country.” (ABC News)

Bridget Ziegler admitted to police that she had a threesome with the accuser once, while her husband told investigators the couple had a threesome twice at their home, and that he had consensual sex with the woman approximately a dozen times.

Police say during the alleged sexual assault investigation, they found a video recording of a sexual encounter on Christian’s cell phone involving the accuser. Police say they believe the “encounter was likely consensual.”

“Bridget Ziegler has made her career focused on eliminating LGBTQ+ discussion and LGBTQ+ existences from public schools,” Zander Moricz told “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang. “All the while engaging in an LGBTQ+ relationship.”