MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) is being asked to suspend his role as Alabama's House Speaker in a resolution passed Sunday by the ALGOP's Steering Committee.
ALGOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan said in a statement released Monday that the party reached out to Rep. Hubbard "numerous times" in an effort to meet with a "small group of GOP leaders to discuss our concerns." Lathan said Hubbard never responded to the requests.
While adding that Hubbard, who has yet to go to trial on 23 felony ethics charges, remains innocent, Lathan urged him to put the interests of the state first.
Monday afternoon Hubbard issued a statement in response to the ALGOP's request:
Alabama's House Minority Leader, Craig Ford (D-Gasden) called the resolution part of "an internal fight among Republicans," and said Democrats are focused on creating jobs and passing a lottery.
Hubbard's trial is set to begin in March and would coincide with the 2016 legislative session. It's likely Hubbard's trial will be postponed.