ALGOP Chairman Releases Statement on the Mike Hubbard Convictions

The head of the Alabama Republican Party says the party is deeply disappointed that former House Speaker Mike Hubbard abused the public trust placed in him.

Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan issued the Monday statement about the conviction of the powerful Republican. She urged people not to judge all public servants by the shortcomings of a few.

A jury on Friday convicted Hubbard on 12 ethics charges. He was automatically removed from office.

Lathan said party officials also offered prayers for the Hubbard family.

A judge will sentence Hubbard on July 8.


ALGOP Chairman, Terry Lathan’s full statement:

“With the announcement of Mike Hubbard’s guilty verdicts on twelve felony charges, the Alabama Republican Party is both deeply disappointed one of our leaders abused the trust placed in him and grateful that the rule of law has prevailed.”

“In 2011, the Alabama Republican Party made a decision to conduct an internal financial audit. This audit revealed concerns of possible improprieties of former ALGOP Chairman Mike Hubbard. The Party did the right thing in doing so and alerted the proper authorities to the findings.”

“Earlier this year, the ALGOP Steering Committee asked Mike Hubbard to step aside as the Speaker of the House due to the distractions of his criminal trial. Without judging his guilt or innocence, we delivered a statement speaking for what we believed was in the best interest of our state, even if it meant being at odds with one of our own elected officials.”

“We urge our fellow citizens not to heed the cynics who say “they are all the same” or to judge all public servants by the shortcomings of a very few. Like the faithful members of a congregation, we must not abandon our beliefs or blame the institution when a leader goes astray. We must tell the truth about the matter, apply the principles we stand for without favoritism, and maintain the integrity of our values.”

“We lift up the Hubbard family and friends in prayer at this difficult time.”

“It is our hope and solemn prayer that all elected officials of our state start each day with a focus on those they serve. May they honor the trust bestowed upon them and walk away from any hint of impropriety when it rears its ugly head. Those who live by these standards are worthy to be our leaders. We are grateful for their service.”

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