The Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted 4-0 to refer a complaint about Montgomery Sen. David Burkette to the Montgomery District Attorney for consideration.
It was not immediately clear Wednesday what the complaint entailed, or when the alleged offense took place. Burkette’s wife, Linda, referred questions to his attorney, Al Agricola.
Agricola declined to discuss the allegations against Burkette, citing the grand jury character of ethics complaints.
“I can say that Sen. Burkette looks forward to the opportunity to show that he has not committed any crime or intentionally violated the law,” Agricola said. “We’ll see how this all develops.”
Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said in an interview Wednesday afternoon that the Alabama attorney general’s office would be handling the issue.
“The attorney general’s office has told me they’re going to be taking the lead,” he said. Mike Lewis, a spokesman for the Alabama attorney general’s office, wrote in an email that the office was “unable” to answer questions about the case on Wednesday.
Burkette, who served on Montgomery City Council from 2007 to 2018, was elected to the Alabama Senate last year after an unusual campaign where he had to stand in six elections in just under a year. Burkette suffered a stroke late last year but served through the legislative session this spring.