State Auditor Jim Zeigler owned up Friday morning to what he called a “super-blooper”: Zeigler unwittingly scheduled a statewide broadcast of his conservative rebuke of Gov. Robert Bentley to air at the same time as Super Bowl 50 this Sunday evening.
“How many viewers would watch Zeigler vs. Bentley instead of Peyton Manning vs. Cam Newton? Not many,” said Zeigler.
Zeigler issued a statement owning up to the mishap and saying he will now try his best to “turn lemons into lemonade” by posting video and text of the speech available on the Web, where it can be accessed at any time, even during the big game.
The speech will also air on 7 p.m. this Sunday, which will be about the same time as halftime of the Super Bowl matchup between the NFC’s Carolina Panthers and AFC’s Denver Broncos.
Zeigler said he gave the address — an unusual move, as rebuttals are typically reserved for the party opposite the sitting governor — at the behest of two conservative advocacy groups, the Alabama Tea Party Conservative Coalition and the Common Sense Campaign.
In the speech, Zeigler hammers at the priorities of Bentley, who the state auditor has blasted over state parks closures, the removal of official the portraits of Govs. George Wallace and Lurleen Wallace and other issues.