Representative Holmes claims racial discrimination in Speaker's office

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State Representative Alvin Holmes issued a memorandum to Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Hubbard's office this afternoon. Holmes, a Democrat from Montgomery, writes that the office has "engaged in a pattern and practice of racial discrimination in the employment of blacks."

Rep. Holmes unveiled the memo at a press conference.

In the memo, Holmes writes that Speaker Hubbard's office has "thoroughly and completely ignored the mandates set forth by federal statutes and various court orders which prohibit racial discrimination in employment." He adds that it is "well past time for your office to remedy this gross injustice."

Rep. Holmes requested that the speaker immediately employ "well-qualified blacks" in his office because it is "embarrassing to the state of Alabama, when visitors from all over the world tour Alabama and find all white employees in the Alabama Speaker's office."

Holmes added that if Speaker Hubbard had any difficulty finding someone to fill this position, he would be more than happy to assist in that endeavor.

Todd Stacy, Communications Director for Speaker Hubbard issued this statement in response,

"Mr. Holmes is known for making many ridiculous and unfounded accusations. This is one of them. The Speaker's office hires based on qualifications, not on race."

Stacy quoted the House of Representatives Human Resource Office which stated, out of 62 House employees, 48.39 percent are black or African American, 50 percent are white or Caucasian, and 1.61 percent are American Indian.

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