By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Carns and Rep. Allen Treadaway, both Republicans from Jefferson County, became the first Republican lawmakers to call for Mike Hubbard to step down as Speaker of the House.
Treadaway, a 26 year veteran law enforcement officer, said that Hubbard’s legal problems have become a major distraction to conducting the people’s business in Montgomery.
Carns, a stalwart conservative, echoed Treadaway’s thoughts adding that many more legislators feel the same, but have just not come forward publicly. “I am standing up for what I believe in,” Carns told ABC 33/40.
Treadaway characterized the content of recent emails between Hubbard and former Gov. Bob Riley as “disturbing.
“Speaker Hubbard needs to step down from his post because his legal problems have become a distraction to conducting the people’s business,” Treadaway said.
Hubbard has been charged by the State with 23 felonies, stemming from his time as Chairman of the ALGOP and Speaker of the House.
Treadaway said, many of his constituents have questioned him about the Speaker’s indictments, which are leading to an erosion of public support for the Republican agenda of good government in Montgomery.
Carns and Treadaway join Agriculture and Industry Commissioner, John McMillan in calling for Hubbard to step down.
McMillan was the first elected Republican, and only Constitutional Officer, so far, to call for Hubbard to resign as Speaker.