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McMillan Speaks Up But Did The Media Hear?


By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Agriculture and Industry Commissioner, John McMillan dared to do what no other statewide elected official has done so far. He said publicly, on these pages, that Mike Hubbard should step down as Speaker of the House. It was a bold statement because Hubbard controls the Ag and Industry budget, and could cause the Commissioner considerable grief, as generally, Hubbard is wont to do if anyone hazards to cross him.  But, McMillan did it anyway because it was the right thing to do.

Surprisingly, not one single news outlet has followed up on this story, no news agency in the State other than this one has reported what McMillan said. It’s not like they don’t know.  Every reporter worth their salt and even those not worth a dime follow on social media. 

john-mcmillanSo, why the silence of the press? I have to say I don’t really know. Columnists at and the Montgomery Advertiser are not afraid of Hubbard; they have proven that. Are their editors or content managers (whatever that is) holding them back? Is the big Auburn banner ad that appeared above Hubbard the latest excuse for an opinion piece on parrying the thrust of the sharp blade columnist. Seriously, even a rusty, dull knife would do the trick at this point. 

Even as I write, plans are formulating to lay siege to the Speaker’s Office. Hubbard’s fall is at hand. Don’t be like the French and wait until the allies are on the outskirts of Paris, before remembering where your Fusil MAS36 has been hidden. 

McMillan is a man of integrity, a Republican, who hasn’t forgotten what it means to be one. He has shown the audacity to stand tall while others cower. 

The State of Alabama needs more McMillans, and one less Hubbard.

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Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.



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