Jim Zeigler is an elder care attorney with no job experience whatsoever to qualify him for the position of state auditor. It is something of a statewide joke that his website, www.zeiglerstory.com, is just a fake WikiPedia page. Perhaps he’s worried that having the ‘R’ next to his name might not be enough to beat Democrat Miranda Joseph, who has actual qualifications for a job auditing Alabama agencies, because Zeigler turned up at a closed clinic in Huntsville last Friday to burnish his pro-life credentials.

The OBGYN clinic, which has been the scene of much anti-choice activity in the last several months, was recently approved for a zoning variance that will allow the Alabama Women’s Wellness Center to relocate there. Abortion opponents are appealing that decision by claiming that their own disruptive activities ought to justify Huntsville ignoring the plain English language of its own zoning laws.

After initially ignoring two “no trespassing” signs when he arrived at the clinic last Friday, Zeigler spent less than ten minutes whispering through a malfunctioning bullhorn before leaving. Clinic volunteers say they were unable to hear what he had to say, but Ziegler has reason to think this campaign stop helped him anyway. As countrycat points out at LeftInAlabama.com, this strategy is pretty much how Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh became President of the Alabama Public Service Commission despite her first name being ‘Twinkle.’

Idiocracy takes many forms, but in electoral politics it is most recognizable when unqualified hacks like Zeigler and Cavanaugh win control of critical state offices by impressing reactionary voters on hot-button issues that are completely unrelated to the job they are asking to perform. State law enforcement agencies are mysteriously losing guns these days, and Alabama is in desperate need of a good auditor, but if history is any guide we’ll end up with this clown instead.

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  • Elizabeth Potter Graham

    Don’t audit my vagina!

    • “I don’t care how small you say government should be, it still doesn’t belong inside anyone’s uterus.”

  • Ratcraft

    Barack Obama is a community organizing attorney with no job experience whatsoever to qualify him for the position of President……. He want’s in your fridge, your furnace, and in your doctors office.

    • unclejeems

      Maybe. I don’t see how running a hedge fund group or failing at the oil business have much to do with the presidency either. Still, we had to put up with eight years of Howdy Doody–but were thankfully spared Mitt-bot.

      Nobody can practice being presidency. But state auditors should at least know how to count.

    • ohpaleasegivemeabreak

      No job experience?

      What about having been a state senator for EIGHT YEARS? Doesn’t that count? It would if he were a rep

      • Ratcraft

        He was present.

  • JohnBull

    Ziegler? Sounds a bit….Jewey for ‘Bama, wouldn’t you say?