Jim Zeigler to preview State of the State rebuttal Monday evening

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State Auditor Jim Zeigler will give a preview of his unorthodox intraparty response to Gov. Robert Bentley‘s upcoming State of the State address Monday evening.

A frequent critic of Bentley, Zeigler recently confirmed he will give an additional response to the governor’s annual address to lawmakers in Montgomery beyond the usual rebuttals from state House and Senate Democrats.

Zeigler says he will give his counter-address “on behalf of the taxpaying public,” after he announced two conservative groups led by conservative operative Lou Campomenosi wrote Zeigler with the request.

The annual address is scheduled for Tuesday, but Zeigler will give a sneak peek of his speech on his weekly “Weekly Waste Cutter Update” radio segment at 5:29 p.h. CT Monday, during The Rachel Hammers Show, a conservative talk program.

The segment will be heard on two stations near Huntsville (WTKI-FM. 92.9 and WTKI-AM 1450) and in Decatur (WEKI-FM 94.7 and WEKI-AM 1490). It can also be picked up nationwide on the web at http://www.wtkiradio.com/ or the TuneIn.com smartphone app. 

In a social media post promoting the preview, Zeigler provided a list of areas of disagreement between himself and Bentley, whom Zeigler has often criticized as insufficiently conservative.

“Now in office for one year, Zeigler disagreed with Bentley’s cancellation of the inaugural prayer service, which Zeigler then hosted anyway,” Zeigler wrote. “He led opposition to the removal of the portraits of Governor[s] George and Lurleen Wallace from the Capitol rotunda.

He fought the closing of six state parks, saying the parks generate enough money to be self-sustaining. He criticized the cost of two Special Sessions to pass a general fund budget. He criticized the governor’s spending for personal staff and state aircraft. He called for increased cost control rather than tax increases. He disagreed with the governor’s spending of $1.8 million in BP funds to restore the ‘governor’s mansion at the beach,'” the state auditor continued.

“A list of issues on which Zeigler agreed with Bentley would be shorter,” Zeigler said.


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