Alabama House Speaker Arrested

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – An attorney for House Speaker Mike Hubbard says the powerful politician has been arrested on felony charges accusing him of several ethics violations.

Mark White, an attorney for Hubbard, disclosed the arrest Monday and says the lawmaker issued a statement calling his arrest “politics at its worst.”

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The 52-year-old Republican is considered one of Alabama’s most powerful politicians and led the GOP’s takeover of the Legislature in 2010, ending 136 years of Democratic control.  The arrest comes weeks before the Nov. 4 election in which Hubbard has been widely favored for re-election.

Corruption allegations against Alabama politicians periodically make headlines in the state. Several state senators and lobbyists were acquitted on vote-buying charges in 2012, among other cases in recent years.