Alabama lawmakers react to Mike Hubbard guilty verdict

Mike Hubbard stands and awaits directions from Lee County deputies on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — After a jury Friday evening convicted then-Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony charges, Alabama lawmakers had something to say.

Their reactions so far have varied from a “dark day” for Alabama to a “good day” for the law in the state.

Read the official statements released to the media below:

Attorney General Luther Strange says:

“This is a good day for the rule of law in our state. This kind of result would never have been achieved had our office not put together the finest public corruption unit in the country. I’m very proud of their work. This should send a clear message that in Alabama we hold public officials accountable for their actions.”

House minority leader Craig Ford says:

 “This is a dark day for Alabama. Mike Hubbard led Republicans to a supermajority on a platform of cleaning up corruption in Montgomery. But instead of cleaning up corruption, Mike Hubbard and the Republican leadership in all three branches of our government have embraced corruption. They have forgotten they are supposed to serve the people, and not the other way around.”

Acting Speaker Victor Gaston, R-Mobile, says:

“The Alabama House is not defined by the actions of any one member, it is defined by the motto that appears on the wall of our Chamber, “Vox Populi,” which means “Voice of the People.”  This incident, no matter how regrettable, offers strong proof that the ethics reforms passed by the Legislature in 2010 remain among the toughest in the nation.  I know that every House member, regardless of party, will keep Mike Hubbard and his family in our prayers as he begins this next, most difficult chapter in his life.”

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