By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
On Sunday, an email was sent to all House members. The subject line reads, “We have to do something about Speaker Hubbard.” The writing suggests that it could have been composed and sent by a sitting legislator, but the moniker appears to be fictitious, seeing as it doesn’t match anyone in the State House. As of yet, the IP address is untraceable.
The body of the email is as follows:
“Am I scared to speak out? Yes. But not because I’m afraid the Speaker will be upset with me. I saw what Gov. Bentley did to Bill Holtzclaw last week. The last thing I need is the Speaker I met in those emails coming after my district like Bentley did to Bill. I don’t know if you guys saw where al.com today called on Speaker Hubbard to resign, but here’s a link if you haven’t:
Folks, we’ve got to do something. My feelings about our problem have gone from mildly annoyed to irritated to embarrassed to now feeling somewhat complicit. I don’t know how else to put it. I didn’t sign up for this, and I’m tired of it. I’ve been a big supporter of the Speaker from the beginning. I didn’t think I would ever see Alabama in GOP hands and I credit much of the work of getting a pro-business legislature in place to the Speaker. But I can’t keep this up. My district didn’t send me down here to prop up the Speaker in the face of embarrassing revelations like we’re seeing now. My God, can you imagine what a circus this trial is going to be? Am I supposed to look my children and wife in the face and tell them I think this is somehow ok? What about the folks back home that trust me? What about my preacher? If those emails are correct, and I don’t believe the prosecution just invented them, then the Speaker looked me in the eye and flat out lied to my face. I’m guessing he lied straight to your face as well. You guys do what you want, but one day we have to stand before God and the folks back home and explain how our inaction in the face of all this was really an endorsement of this behavior. I’m on the record voting for him, and so are 98 of you! God help us all.”