The party of family values strikes again. This time, an arrest warrant has been issued for a Republican state legislator in Alabama. Rep. Will Dismukes has served in the Alabama state legislature since 2019, but now, he stands accused of stealing at least thousands of dollars from his former employer, Weiss Commercial Flooring Inc. Dismukes has insisted that he’s innocent — but authorities obviously are not convinced, considering the arrest warrant that’s now out for him.
Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced the warrant on Thursday, citing a charge of first degree theft of property. He confirmed that the amount that was alleged to have been stolen is “well in excess of $2,500.”
Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey commented:
‘If true, it is disappointing when a public official, elected with the confidence of the people, abuses that trust. I support the letter of the law, and no one is above it – especially those in public office.’
Notably — this situation is not the first time that Dismukes has been in the news, although he’s apparently still in just his first term in the legislature. Local media outlet WSFA explained this week that in recent weeks, “Dismukes made national headlines for attending a party to commemorate Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest, hosted by an individual with close ties to the League of the South.” Dismukes refused to resign from the state legislature following the controversy over his de facto alliance with the Klan — although he did step away from a position that he’d held as a pastor.
This situation is not the first recent occasion on which Republicans in state leadership have come under the scrutiny of the law. Until recently, Republican Larry Householder was serving as the speaker of the Ohio state House of Representatives. Now, he’s “facing a federal racketeering charge and accused in taking part in a bribery scheme,” local media outlet WBNS explains. Some $60 million was involved in that bribery scheme, which was meant to prop up a piece of legislation that ended up providing a “billion-dollar bailout” to a pair of nuclear power plants in the state.