Rep. Phil Williams to challenge Hubbard for Speaker of the House position

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - While many state departments are learning to operate under tighter budgets, state representatives have something very different that recently has come to their attention.

Tuesday evening, Representative Phil Williams wrote a letter stating his plan to challenge Mike Hubbard for his position as Speaker of the House. The decision he says, stems not from Hubbard's legal problems, but from the state's budget battles that ended in two special sessions.

"During that second session," explained Rep. Williams, "I saw, and I think several others saw, that the system in the House of Representatives was broke. That has got to change, I'll build teams and everyone will have a say-so."

Williams says it's 'too partisan' in Montgomery; he vows he won't be looking for lobbyist dollars or a chance to use to position's power for personal gain.

"I am in a position to go and do that job and not take any money from anybody," he said. "Money is what has led us to this situation."

Rep. Williams emphasizes that it's nothing personal against Hubbard, just a need for change. That change, if one is made, would come by February, one month before the current House Leader is set to go to trial.

"This is a different kind of campaign," Rep. Williams explained. "There's onle 105 votes that will be cast but it impacts every citizen of Alabama. I stand for real change. It wasn't his legal thing, it was the behavior of this most recent session."

He says his goal is reform and government and budgeting, with plans to build teams and downsize the role of the speaker. He went on to Hubbard is innocent until proven guilty and he wishes him the best.

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