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

Bridget Zieglerco-founder of the conservative political organization Moms for Liberty, faced criticism from the community during recent Sarasota School Board meetings, when residents turned out to call for Ziegler’s resignation.

The Sarasota School Board requested Ziegler’s resignation, even voting for her at one of its meetings in December. The vote was 4-1 in favor of her dismissal, with Bridget Ziegler herself resisting. But board members have no authority to remove her from the board and she has refused to resign.

“Bridget Ziegler is no longer an effective politician,” said Zander Moricz, former president of the class of 2022 at Pine View School who now heads the youth-led organization Social Equity Through Education (SEE) Alliance. He demands Ziegler’s resignation. “This is decisive.”

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

PHOTO: Board member Bridget Ziegler sits at a Sarasota County School Board meeting in Sarasota, Florida, on 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 applaud the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, a controversial ban on any LGBTQ+ curriculum from kindergarten through third grade. Similar legislation is making its way in 30 other states.

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

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

The accuser, who has been friends with the Zieglers for nearly 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 walked out.

An affidavit obtained by the court shows that the woman stated: “she was not in a position to give consent because it was her day off and she had been drinking tequila all day.”

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

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

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

Police say during the investigation of alleged sexual assault, 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 focused her career on removing LGBTQ+ discussion and LGBTQ+ existences from public schools,” Zander Moricz told “Nightline” co-host Juju Chang. “All the time getting into an LGBTQ+ relationship.”

“She’s welcome to have threesomes,” Moricz said. “The real problem here is that we have a politician who has spent years successfully lying and changing the discourse and political structure throughout our state. But what she knew all along was a lie.”

“We recognize that she is a hypocrite,” said Joyce Peralta, who spoke at one of the recent school board meetings. “What do our students see? A liar.”

Moms for Liberty, a nonprofit that receives funding from conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and Leadership Institute, works to bring about change in school boards across the country, including advocating for school curricula that mention LGBTQ+ rights , critical race theory and discrimination.

“I saw the explosion of Moms for Freedom across the country,” Sarasota school board member Tom Edwards told ABC News. “And I said, ‘This is a political movement. We are in problems.’ And no one listened until it was too late.”

“They were promoting a political philosophy that was based on the idea that the people who know the most are the parents in a traditional two-parent heterosexual home,” said Nicole Hemmer, a political historian at Vanderbilt University, speaking of the Zieglers. “And here they were, living their private lives, acting in a way that didn’t fit that idea.”

PHOTO: Zander Moricz, former Pine View School Class of 2022 president who now heads the youth-led organization SEE Alliance, speaks with Nightline's Juju Chang.  (ABC News)

PHOTO: Zander Moricz, former Pine View School Class of 2022 president who now heads the youth-led organization SEE Alliance, speaks with Nightline’s Juju Chang. (ABC News)

But Florida Republican Party’s new chairman, Evan Power, says school board politics still plays a big role in the GOP.

“Moms for Liberty is an important group that advanced our agenda and helped Republicans and conservatives get elected to school boards,” Power said. “I hope that any type of investigation that Bridget and Christian are involved in does not distract them from their goal, which is to advance parental rights and help conservatives win school board elections.”

While Bridget Ziegler has not been charged with a crime, she is fighting to keep her seat on the school board. Police declined to file sexual assault charges against her husband, but the state attorney’s office can still charge him with video voyeurism for allegedly filming without the woman’s consent.

PHOTO: Bridget Ziegler, Sarasota County School Board member and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, in Sarasota, Florida, Nov. 17, 2022. (Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

PHOTO: Bridget Ziegler, Sarasota County School Board member and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, in Sarasota, Florida, Nov. 17, 2022. (Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“We firmly believe that the State’s Attorney will not prosecute Mr. Ziegler for any crime,” Christian Zielger’s attorney said in a statement to ABC News.

Bridget Ziegler first addressed the scandal during the February school board meeting.

“I will never address in these chambers much of the conversation that has arisen in public comments,” he said, “because it has absolutely nothing to do with my role as a board member.”

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By Sam