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Opinion | Jim Zeigler was Tuesday’s biggest loser

Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler

On Super Tuesday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler challenged Gov. Kay Ivey’s bid to become the GOP delegate for Place 1. Zeigler lost stunningly with Ivey crushing his arrogant aspirations with 70 percent of the vote.

In declaring his candidacy, Zeigler said, “It’s the same old fight — Kay Ivey and the Montgomery Insiders vs. Jim Zeigler and the Taxpaying Public,” but the taxpaying public rejected the bloviating Zeigler.

Republicans on Tuesday showed Zeigler that his brand of bumptious caterwauling might play well with a small base of rabble-rousers, but Ivey’s plain-spoken competence is what conservative voters genuinely want. They said so at the ballot box.

In a press release announcing his candidacy for place 1, Zeigler claimed Ivey had challenged him for the delegate spot, but that was a lie he told the media. At the time of his announcement, ALGOP personnel disputed his assertion showing that Ivey had qualified first and he had thrown down the challenge.

Zeigler is a congenital liar and a braggadocious fool, who may also be a conman.

As reported by NBC 15’s Andrea Ramey in April 2018, the Alabama State Bar Association’s Disciplinary Committee accepted the surrender of Zeigler’s law license.

Ramey’s investigation shows the Mobile Bar Association found that at least one senior citizen paid Zeigler $12,000 for work that he didn’t do. So derelict was Zeigler’s work that the bar ordered him to return $10,000 of a $12,000 retainer to the elderly veteran for whom he was supposed to provide “complete estate planning.”

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Zeigler has given several reasons why he relinquished his law license but has refused to unseal his state bar records, which would show why he surrendered his law license.

If he is an honest public servant as he claims to be, why not open his file and let the public see for themselves?

Did Zeigler cheat senior citizens or veterans? If he has nothing to hide, he should publish the disciplinary committee’s findings and put the matter to rest.

He has repeatedly used his office for causes that have nothing to do with his responsibilities as auditor and has stubbornly refused to give access to public records that might show he is using his office for personal gain.

The taxpayers he says he represents have a right to know if he is using their money for his profit.

But worst of all, Zeigler is the personification of what is wrong with Alabama politics.

He is a grandstanding fool of a man whose clownish demeanor and bombastic-style is a caricature of the segregationist South that he still embraces, coddling racists and the like.

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Gov. Ivey beat Zeigler like a rented mule, and he is too dumb to know it.

Yes, Zeigler was Tuesday’s biggest loser, but the state loses every time he opens his mouth.


Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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