By Ron Crumpton Candidate for Alabama Senate District 11
As a candidate for public office, the question that I am asked the most, why are you running for office?
The answer is simple.
In 5 years as an activist working in the statehouse, I have seen enough to know that I have seen too much.
I have seen a legislature that has, through threats and intimidation, became an instrument to rubber stamp the agenda of a limited few in the Republican elite, and now the leader of that elite group has been indicted on 23 charges of public corruption.
In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty, but during my time in Montgomery, I have seen too much not to believe that most of these charges are completely accurate.
The Speaker, along with many of the commenters on press articles, Facebook and Twitter, has tried to explain this as a political attack by Democrats, which is a laughable conclusion for three reasons.
- This investigation is being run by a Republican Attorney General’s office.
- With Republicans holding a supermajority in the legislature, along with every statewide office, Democrats do not have the ability to launch such a political attack in this state.
- Both W. Van Davis, Acting Attorney General in the case, and Matt Hart, chief of the special prosecutions unit, have a reputation of not giving a damn about party affiliation… they enforce the law.
These indictments show the state of pay for play politics in Montgomery where our legislature is for sale to the big business elites in this state. The names mentioned in the indictments are a “Who’s Who” in Alabama business. The question remaining is, were their actions criminal, and will they be prosecuted.
In addition, several of these actions are not the kind of thing that the speaker could have accomplished by himself. He had to have accomplices in the legislature. Who were those accomplices? Will more indictments be forthcoming?
We know that Greg Wren participated in one of the counts because he plead guilty, and Rep. Barry Moore has been indicted on perjury charges, but what about Hubbard’s other top lieutenants like Sen. Del Marsh, Rep. Micky Hammon and Rep. Jim McClendon. How deep is there involvement?
If these men, and others, were not involved in wrongdoing, they were too close to the Speaker not to know that illegal actions were taking place, and that is not acting in the best interest of those they serve.
I will stand up to wrongdoing, I will shine a light on corruption in Montgomery, but I need your help!
My opponent has vast financial resources at his disposal. With your contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign, you can ensure that our voices are represented in the election and then in the Senate.