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  •  Oh God. Jim Ziegler. (0+ / 0-)

    He has bopped around Alabama politics for a long, long time.

    When I had my first teaching job, in 1974, I remember a coworker talking about him in the ladies room in reference to his opposition of The Machine at the University of Alabama.   The Machine was a voting block of Greeks who controlled campus elections, and supposedly moved on to sway outcomes in state elections.  (The Machine is considered to continue on to this day.)

    There is a Wikipedia article about it!  Just google Alabama The Machine.  

    Here is a relevant paragraph.

    "An anti-machine group called "The Coalition" formed in 1968 and operated through 1972. This was a joint effort by the men's dormitories, small non-machine fraternities, International Students Association, women students, and the Afro-American Association. It was formed by Steve Windom (later Lt. Governor), Tommy Chapman (later District Attorney), Steve "Red" Wadlington (later political campaign operative), Don Gilbert (later head of Alabama Trial Lawyers Association) and Jim Zeigler (later Public Service Commissioner). The Coalition succeeded in 1969 in electing Joe Estep as vice-president over the Machine's George Culver. It elected Henry Agee as secretary-treasurer over the Machine's Phil Reich. In 1970 it elected Zeigler as president of SGA as an independent. It also elected Windom to the Student Senate and almost 40% of the Student Senate in 1970-71. In 1972 the coalition senators led by Fred Benjamin got the SGA to recognize and fund the Afro American Association. Benjamin co-won Senator of the Year award along with a machine Seantor. He lost election for vice president of the SGA later that year."

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