Florida Republicans remove party chair amid rape allegation he denies

The Florida Republican Party removed party Chairman Christian Ziegler in a vote on Monday. He is currently under investigation for an allegation involving rape.

Ziegler has denied the accusation, and he has not been charged, but the Sarasota County Police Department is investigating the allegation. Ziegler confirmed the sexual encounter with the woman took place, but he claimed it was consensual.

Florida GOP Vice Chairman Evan Power was elected as the new chairman. He touts the support of key Florida conservatives, including Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). 

“I’m proud to have the support of such a diverse group of Republicans,” Power said before the vote, according to Bay News 9. “I am looking forward to unifying the party and moving it forward.”

The vote comes after an unnamed woman claimed Ziegler raped her at her apartment in
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