While polling shows that Gov. Kay Ivey has a commanding lead in the race for Alabama’s GOP gubernatorial nod for the 2022 election, according to a recent poll, one of her opponents is undeterred in criticizing her.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who is polling at 8.8% compared to Ivey’s 41.5% according to a recent Alabama Daily News/Cygnal survey, argued Ivey was not in charge of the Governor’s office.
Instead, he said it was her chief of staff, former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, and he likened that dynamic to President Joe Biden and rumors that he was not in charge of the Oval Office.
“Governor Ivey is not running the Governor’s office,” he said. “We have a Joe Biden situation in Montgomery. So Joe Biden is not running the President’s office. In Alabama, our former congressman, Jo Bonner, is the chief of staff, and he is running things. He is the acting governor of Alabama.”
“This is not a good thing to have unelected advisers in there running things,” Zeigler continued. “And there are a number of consultants, lobbyists, politicians that support Governor Ivey, and they’re advising her. They give incomplete advice, and sometimes it is bad advice. They don’t publish a list — ‘Here’s a list of the Montgomery establishment.’ I wish they would publish a list. Of course, they would not be truthful about that if they did. But we know who most of them are.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.