Each new day brings yet another asinine statement from an Alabama elected official. Today, State Auditor Jim Zeigler entered the competition for “who can write the most luridly racist, xenophobic, or religiously-biased” social media post. As usual, nothing he’s issuing public statements on has anything to do with his job of state auditor (remember the fracas over George Wallace’s portrait?).
No, Zeigler is all torn up about abortion and birth control. That’s not surprising; he spent a good bit of campaign time in 2014 picketing women’s clinics. Now he has a new unicorn to hunt: the United Nations!
First they came for George Wallace’s portrait… and now the United Nations has sent representatives to tour Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery. RHS is a women’s health clinic that performs preventative health screenings and reproductive services – including birth control and abortions.
Zeigler (of course) sees a conspiracy:
“Notice they did not meet with any church leaders, adoption advocates, or abortion alternative counselors,”, Zeigler said. “The U.N. may be preparing to try to dictate to Alabama what we must do on abortion, contraceptives given to youth, sex education in schools, tolerance of alternative sexual orientation and other ‘progressive’ issues.”
“I will monitor this developing situation and report back. I will also coordinate a strategy for how we can resist this UN intrusion. We should not just sit back and say they have no jurisdiction and cannot do it. They don’t care and will proceed anyway if not smartly opposed. I have no confidence in our President and Governor to block their agenda. We citizens need to proactively oppose this dangerous UN intrusion,” Zeigler said.
So Jim Zeigler, possibly riding on Dale Peterson’s horse, is going to coordinate a strategy to rescue Alabama from a non-existent threat of a UN intrusion? Well, I feel safe, how about you?
Zeigler’s “evolving” view of his job as state auditor – from property counter to to art critic to defender of the state against sinister UN forces – is illustrated in his ever-changing (but possibly copyright-infringing) Web site titled (of course) ZeiglerStory.
Previously, it had the format (including logo!) of a fake Wikipedia page. Here’s how it looked last year, according to Archive.org:
Zeigler used that page to make these outrageous claims:
In June 2012, Zeigler was recruited by Jenny Beth Martin’s Tea Party Patriots to go to Wisconsin to assist in fighting the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Democrat and liberal groups had initiated a recall vote. Zeigler stayed a month, working in Eau Claire and Wausau, WI. Walker was behind when Zeigler got there but turned it around to win by a modest margin.  After the success there, Tea Party Patriots asked Zeigler to go for a month to Washington State in October, 2012 in a long-shot attempt to switch control of the state senate to Republicans. On election night, Republicans fell two senate seats short of control and everyone assumed they had lost. But in January 2013 when the senate met to organize, two conservative Democrats switched, giving control to the GOP after all. 
But now, visit the same domain – ZeiglerStory.com – and you have an Al.com page that extolls Zeigler’s term in office! It’s a nice piece of fakery. The story does exist on the actual Al.com Web site and appears to be one of the only times where you don’t have to worry about reading the comments. There aren’t any.
Note: the original version of this article said that the Zeigler accomplishments article didn’t exist on AL.com, but an alert reader dug through the archives and found it when Google couldn’t!
As much as I hate to send traffic to his site, his list of accomplishments is worth a laugh:
Led the effort to return the portraits of Govs. George and Lurleen Wallace to the capitol rotunda. They have not been returned as yet.
Led the effort to return Confederate mementoes removed from the capitol museum gift shop. They were returned.
And maybe next year the list will include: “protected the state from UN invasion.”
Or maybe not.