MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Reaction from the ALGOP is coming in three days after Mike Hubbard was convicted on 12 felony ethics violations and automatically removed from office and as Alabama Speaker of the House.
"The Alabama Republican Party is both deeply disappointed one of our leaders abused the trust placed in him," said Chairwoman Terry Lathan, "and grateful that the rule of law has prevailed."
In January, the ALGOP Steering Committee urged Hubbard to step away from the Speaker's position because of the distractions his criminal trial was creating.
"Without judging his guilt or innocence, we delivered a statement speaking for what we believed was in the best interest of our state, even if it meant being at odds with one of our own elected officials," Lathan said.
An internal audit by the Alabama Republican Party in 2011, "revealed concerns of possible improprieties of former ALGOP Chairman Mike Hubbard," Lathan said. "The Party did the right thing in doing so and alerted the proper authorities to the findings."
The majority party's leader sought to "lift up the Hubbard family and friends in prayer..." and urged Alabamians "not to heed the cynics who say "they are all the same" or to judge all public servants by the shortcomings of a very few..."
She continued, "It is our hope and solemn prayer that all elected officials of our state start each day with a focus on those they serve. May they honor the trust bestowed upon them and walk away from any hint of impropriety when it rears its ugly head. Those who live by these standards are worthy to be our leaders. We are grateful for their service."
Hubbard, who will be sentenced in July, continues to maintain his innocence, and says he will appeal the guilty verdicts in his case.