Alabama Tea Party Speaker Facing 23 Felony Ethics Violations; Calls it Just ‘Politics’ (VIDEO)

The Speaker of Alabama’s House of Representatives, Mike Hubbard, has been indicted on 23 counts of felony ethics law violations.

Michael Gregory Hubbard represents Alabama’s 79th District and is the former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines for each count. Mr. Hubbard reported to the Lee County jail late yesterday, where he was booked.

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Speaker Hubbard's booking photo: Lee Country Jail

Speaker Hubbard’s booking photo: Lee Country Jail

According to Hubbard,

If there was any doubt by anybody that this is a political witch hunt, it became crystal clear today when these allegations were brought two weeks before an election.

Late last year Attorney General Luther Strange recused himself and a special grand jury was called; former St. Clair County District Attorney Van Davis presented the state’s evidence. In the interim, Greg Wren, the Republican Representative from Montgomery, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of using his office for personal gain.

He resigned his seat in the House after being ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution. He also agreed to cooperate with the investigation. And the Republican representative from Enterprise, Barry Moore, gave “false evidence” to the grand jury and was charged with perjury in January (his trial begins this month).

The grand jury returned indictment charges against Speaker Hubbard, which include twenty-three felony Ethics Law violations, including four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain, four counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee, one count each of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest and using state equipment for private gain, two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain, and eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a “thing of value.”

Back in 2010, when the Alabama House was embroiled in a vote-buying scandal, Mr. Hubbard said the resulting investigation “should serve as a referendum on the culture of corruption that has been prevalent in Montgomery for far too long.” Mark White, the attorney hired to defend Speaker Hubbard against these felony indictments, plans to hold a press conference later today.

Hubbard released the following video via his Facebook page:

H/T: USA Today | Images: Creative Commons, Lee County Jail

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