House and Sen­ate mem­bers join DeSan­tis in call­ing on Flori­da GOP Chair­man Chris Ziegler to resign

Sen­ate and House lead­ers are join­ing Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) in call­ing for Flori­da GOP Chair­man Chris­t­ian Ziegler to step down amid an active inves­ti­ga­tion after a most­ly redact­ed doc­u­ment released Thurs­day by police in Sara­so­ta men­tioned rape and sex­u­al bat­tery.
“It is unten­able for Chris­t­ian Ziegler to con­tin­ue as Chair­man of the RPOF and I rec­om­mend he resign his post,” GOP state House Speak­er Paul Ren­ner said Sun­day. “The seri­ous alle­ga­tions at issue require his full atten­tion and we need some­one who can pro­vide the sin­gu­lar focus the par­ty needs.”
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DeSan­tis told reporters after his debate with Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA) on Fri­day that Ziegler should step down, and he said he does­n’t “see how he can con­tin­ue with that inves­ti­ga­tion ongo­ing, giv­en the grav­i­ty of those sit­u­a­tions.”
“I think he should step aside,” DeSan­tis said. “He’s inno­cent till proven guilty, but we just can’t have a par­ty chair that is under that type of scruti­ny.”
GOP state Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Kath­leen Pas­sido­mo echoed DeSantis’s remarks, call­in …