Tomorrow morning, convicted felon and former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will be sentenced by Judge Jacob Walker in Lee County Circuit Court for his 12 felony ethics convictions. The Republican house caucus is busily engaged in backroom negotiations and deal-making over which of half a dozen interested representatives will replace Hubbard as Speaker. Today, Alabama Political Reporter informs us that Hubbard suck-up Rep. Barry Moore (R. Enterprise) has thrown his hat into the ring.
I cannot conceive of a worse choice for the most powerful state constitutional office, recently vacated by a crooked bully intent on screwing over anyone and everyone in his quest to line his pockets through the auspices of his elected position. After Hubbard has so shamed this state, does he really think we need his biggest cheerleader and sycophant to replace him?
Let’s review. In October 2014, when Hubbard was first indicted on 23 felony ethics charges, lickspittle Moore was standing right alongside Hubbard showing his support (along with a bunch of other GOP house ass-kissers). Even after the conviction, Moore was still on Hubbard’s side. As reported by APR‘s Bill Britt:
Moore has been an unapologetic defender of Hubbard, from standing with him at the press conference a day after his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption, to saying Hubbard’s conviction on 12 felonies amounted to giving someone a speeding ticket for driving 56 miles per hour in a 55 zone.
So by picking Moore as Speaker, the House would be confirming that corruption in Alabama will continue unabated, and that the conviction of Hubbard means nothing in the scheme of things. That would be terrible, but typical, of Alabama “leadership.”
Moore sent an email to his fellow house Republicans outlining why he would be such a swell speaker. He said:
My ideas for caucus priorities include tax cuts for small businesses and working families, a constitutional amendment to protect Alabama gun owners from being placed into the FBI database, a program to incentivize state agency leadership to cut wasteful spending from their departments, and legislation and compacts to protect our industries and resources such as farming and coal mining from the punitive effects of federal regulation. And every caucus agenda should include legislation to protect our state’s unborn children.
A more succinct summation of Alabama Tea Party stupidity could scarcely be imagined. Suspected terrorists should have guns. There should be even more budget cuts, a day after Alabama Medicaid confirmed that it will be cutting payments to healthcare providers and likely losing many of them in the process. We should pass symbolic laws to show we hate environmental regulation to protect lives and the environment even though federal law under the Environmental Protection Act would preempt any such silly-ass state enactments. And of course we need more unconstitutional laws aimed at restricting a woman’s right to choose.
This is not to say that any of the other GOP contenders would be much better. They all are horrible and want to continue Alabama on its backwards road to the 19th century.
But to elect a right-winger who staunchly supported criminal Mike Hubbard both before and after his conviction would be the worst choice.
The whole loaf of bread may be a little moldy, but there’s no reason to pick the most putrescent piece for our sandwich, now is there?