By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, a Montgomery judge dismissed what amounted to a frivolous lawsuit implicating Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) in an alleged bid-rigging scheme.
The suit file by attorney Joe Hubbard, a democrat member of the House, alleged that DSI Security Services was awarded a contract to perform security services for the Statehouse because Speaker Hubbard had an ownership interest in the firm.
Mike Hubbard took the stand on Tuesday and denied any involvement with the company or the company’s bid with the state.
Joe Hubbard did not produce any evidence to support his earlier claims, even passing on an opportunity to cross examine the man he accused.
Joe Hubbard later said he had “no problem admitting I had bad information” concerning Mike Hubbard’s involvement in the company.
Even though his case was based on factual inaccuracies, Attorney Hubbard accused the Speaker of “political grandstanding” and creating a “political sideshow.”
However, Speaker Hubbard was quick to point out through his spokesperson that it was the attorney who had brought the irresponsible lawsuit saying, “Joe Hubbard apparently runs his law practice like he operates in the Legislature, he shoots off his mouth first and determines facts later.”
The Speaker’s Office also charged that Joe Hubbard filed the suit as a “dishonest attempt to grab headlines”
The suit filed by attorney Hubbard, named the Alabama Legislature,DSI Security Services and the sergeant at arms of the Alabama House of Representatives as defendants.
Speaker Hubbard was never listed as a defendant.