State Rep gives insight into mindset that led Hubbard to wind up a convicted felon

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison) says he can tell you how this happened.

Ball served as chair of the House Ethics Committee, at the pleasure of House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Lee County). He stood by Hubbard in his post-indictment press conference. He says he had to go to bat for his colleagues who were being smeared with the Hubbard story, despite their innocence. Ball still questions the prosecution’s tactics in the Hubbard trial.

And when he looks at Hubbard’s twelve felony convictions, he says he can tell you how this happened.

Now, as far as the guilt of the speaker goes, Ball says he stays out of the financial business of other reps, “I didn’t know. Never knew. I always thought he got awful close to the line. I don’t know whether he went over or not. The jury heard the evidence, and the jury decided that he did.”

He says he doesn’t see a systemic problem of corruption. He says most of his colleagues do the right thing.  But he does acknowledge a need for vigilance among his peers, “There are many types of corruption. Money corrupts. Power corrupts. Ego corrupts. People wanting to prove how wonderful they are, pridefulness is a corrupting influence. Everybody has to watch corruption in their own hearts.”

So what brand of corruption plagued Mike Hubbard? Ball thinks he has a pretty good idea.

“I will tell you what brought this all on,” says Ball, “He’s very competitive. He was so focused on that 2010 election, and then after the election, when he lost his job, he got desperate. And desperate people do desperate things.”

He stops. He thinks. He adds, “He worried about money too much.”

Now Hubbard will have other worries.