(From (Sarasota, FL) Herald-Tribune, February 16, 2021, p6A ,Letters from Our Readers
Caucus wants Gruters, Ziegler to apologize
We, the members of the board of directors of the Sarasota County Democratic Jewish Caucus, strongly oppose the recent actions of state Sen. Joe Gruters, chair of the Florida Republican Party, and Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler, vice chair, who supported the “big lie” about election fraud and aligned with known white supremacist and anti-Semitic groups at the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Gruters promoted bus trips to Washington to support Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” movement and Ziegler actually attended the rally Trump held before the assault on the Capitol.
Ziegler cavorted with anti-Semitic groups and people who wore anti-Semitic T-shirts touting “Camp Auschwitz.”
We as Jews cannot remain silent. We are outraged at both Gruters and Ziegler and demand public apologies.
Jerry Fleischer, board president, Sarasota County Democratic Jewish Caucus (on behalf of the board)