Alabama House Republican Caucus shows support for Rep. Hubbard

Alabama House Republican Caucus shows support for Rep. Hubbard

MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - Alabama's powerful House Republican Caucus throws its support behind Representative Mike Hubbard, indicted on 23 felony counts.

The caucus traditionally meets two days after the election, but Thursday's meeting was anything but ordinary.

The super majority showed up in full force at the Cattleman's Association to attend what was expected to be a controversial caucus vote to elect a nominee for House Speaker. Representatives walked in quietly, with Bibles in hand.

Thursday also marked the first time the group has been called since Hubbard's indictment, connected to alleged ethics violations involving his role as speaker and chair of the Republican Party.

Following the more than three hour long meeting, nearly all caucus members left through the side door, out of the media's purview.

Those who braved the general exit differed to House Majority Speaker Micky Hammon.

Nearly an hour later, the caucus confirmed Hubbard's nomination for speaker, which for all accounts is viewed as a mandate for GOP House members, during the regular House vote.

The Alabama House Minority Caucus also met Thursday, electing Representative Craig Ford as the House Minority Leader.

The Republican caucus nomination for speaker is key for house minority members, as Hubbard dictates the House's legislative agenda.

Longtime Representative John Knight calls House democrats the "super minority" following Tuesday's election.

Come March, Knight says the democrats must attempt to work with the hand they've been dealt.

"You try to do the best you can to form coalitions, to try to help the people you represent because to go in immediately fighting, to go in being disruptive, you can't bring anything back to Montgomery", Knight admits. "You can't bring anything to the state to address the budget and address those things that are important".

The Legislature faces an anemic General Fund Budget as it returns in March.

The ideologies between the super majority and super minority in House on how to solve the state's biggest issues are fundamentally different.

While reaching across the aisle is a rarity in the House, Knight says to fully address the issues facing the state; representatives must put politics aside for the greater good.

"We must be about doing something substantive. So people get the results of the government, our services, funding, State Troopers, mental health and human resources. Those are the things we are going to have to sit down and have serious discussions about", Knight explains.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard is slated to stand trial for ethics violations in December, likely wrapping up before the January organizational session.

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