HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT)- Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s indictment on twenty-three felony charges could not have come at a worse time for his campaign for re-election. His defense attorney, J. Mark White, said this tactic is typical because the charges are filed but two weeks is too soon to get a trial date. While the Hubbard legal team denounced the charges in Lee County, the headquarters of the Alabama Republican Party in Hoover remained calm Tuesday afternoon. “[There have] been many, many Democrats that have gone through this process,” said Alabama G.O.P. Chairman Bill Armistead. “There were some Democrats and Republicans indicted right before the election four years ago,” he added, pointing out that several of those politicians were not proven guilty.
Hubbard is the third Republican serving at the state level to be indicted in 2014. State representatives Greg Wren and Barry Moore were indicted earlier this year.
Despite the negative headlines, Chairman Armistead believes the Republican candidates will keep their focus and discussions on their campaigns. “They need to focus on getting their message out and sticking to the issues,” he said. “Let this take care of itself.”