The Jim Zeigler for Secretary of State campaign announced on Wednesday that the Alabama Republican Assembly has endorsed his campaign ahead of Tuesday's Republican runoff.
“Jim Zeigler has been a watchdog for the Alabama taxpayers his whole career,” said Assembly President Don Wallace in his endorsement letter. “He has stood strong for honest government and the Alabama Republican Assembly believes he will stand strong for honest and transparent elections in Alabama.”
The Alabama Republican Assembly is a 25-year-old statewide organization that, according to its website, is "committed to reform the Republican Party to achieve their goal of a constitutional government."
“Over the next eight years, the job of Secretary of State will be vital,” Zeigler said. “We face national attempts to manipulate honest election procedures. ...
“We face attempts to allow non-citizens to vote,” Zeigler continued. “Jim Zeigler will fight against that. Only U.S. citizens should vote in U.S. elections. We face efforts to change ‘election day’ to ‘election week’ or ‘election month.’ Jim Zeigler will fight against that. We need to be vigilant against those who would vote early and often. We face assaults against our requirement for photo voter ID. Jim Zeigler will fight to keep and enforce our voter ID requirements. We face ballot harvesting; automatic voter registration on election day; drive-by drop-off ballot boxes; and voting by mail. A vote for Jim Zeigler is a vote against all these methods of manipulation.”
Zeigler has been the State Auditor since 2015.
“As your State Auditor, I led the fight against waste, mismanagement, and corruption,” Zeigler said. “As your Secretary of State, I can apply that same approach to fight the manipulation of our elections. As your State Auditor, some people called me ‘the watchman.’ I will continue as your watchman over the election process as Secretary of State."
Zeigler faces off against State Rep. Wes Allen in Tuesday’s primary runoff election.
Zeigler received the most votes in the May 24 Republican primary with 43% to Allen's 39%.
The eventual Republican nominee will have to face Democrat Pamela Lafitte and Libertarian nominee Matt Shelby in the Nov. 8 general election.
The Republican Assembly calls itself "the Republican wing of the Republican party." The group held a rally with Senate candidate Mo Brooks (R-AL05) on Thursday to rally the conservative vote to come out.
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