Cagle: Casada downfall a reminder that lawmakers don’t work for governor

House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin), right, meets with colleagues on the Senate floor on May 1, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Frank Cagle, the former Knoxville News Sentinel managing editor and spokesman for Republican Van Hilleary’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, says there’s a clear lesson for lawmakers in the implosion of Rep. Glen Casada’s speakership:

Anybody who thinks about going all-in for the governor instead of listening to the folks back home needs to remember Casada. Perhaps it’s good for Casada to hang around in the House as a walking object lesson. If you sold your soul on the voucher vote because Casada offered you incentives, where are your incentives now?

Cagle had his own run-in with the forces of Casada this year. A day after he wrote a Knox TN Today column blasting the voucher bill, his nomination to the state Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission was killed in the House. Eight weeks later, the voucher bill had been signed into law, Casada was on his way out, and Cagle was back on the textbook panel as a recess appointment by Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-
Oak Ridge).

Read Cagle’s full column here:

The Casada Lesson: You don’t work for the governor

15 Responses to Cagle: Casada downfall a reminder that lawmakers don’t work for governor

  • Susan says:

    Is anyone with functioning brain cells seriously saying that supporting the Republican vision for K-12 education is “not listening” to deeply red Williamson County voters? Has anybody bothered to read the Republican party platform on K-12 education? The “clear lesson” here is that Mr. Cagle is ignorant about Williamson county voters, as well as basic Republican principals.

    • Patrick says:

      The “listening to the folks back home” part is a reference to the people Casada promised incentives in exchange for their vote, not to Casada and his constituents.

      • Susan says:

        And you know who those Reps were right? Most of the people we are hearing Casada supposedly pressured were from deep red places where lefty organizations like the TEA and the TSBA were pumping up the outrage by doing community organizing and lobbying, and in the case of the TSBA doing it with taxpayer money. So we had a Republican Speaker putting pressure on Republicans from deeply Republican areas to pass Republican legislation in line with Republican ideology. Oh, the outrage. And the political risk of Republicans voting like Republicans, don’t forget that.

        • Lenny says:

          The illegal bribe from Casada ordered by the Governor was to a Democrat. Republicans have a super majority, so yes, “most of those reps” are Republicans.

          It’s called logical reasoning. You’re the best argument for vouchers so far, Susan.

    • Lenny says:

      It’s called reading comprehension, Susan. Maybe you needed a voucher.

  • David Collins says:

    I don’t think so. The way I read it, “listening to the folks back home” is a reference to a members constituency.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    What about Harwell? She only worked for Haslam. This is old advice

  • Jo Ann Smithson says:

    Casada bribed vote vouchers to vote yes for Govenor Bill Lee Bill for school voucher.Question when the Govenor was asked,point blank if he new of these bribes he said No he new nothing…Realky common sense He did know it was his bill to be pushed into law he was in tight with Casada from the jump start, that leads a big Lie in the back if my mind as well as tax payers. All in,the name of liars,of course he going to lie about it, It’ not about being a Republican or Democrat it’s about Honesty. Where is the truth or is there such a thing. I can only say this what goes around comes around call it Karma, and,no liars,shall have there place in the Lake of fire. Not my words but in the new testament In King James by Jesus Christ. I always believe that our goverment is so corrupt .The government has a lot to prove such as telling the truth. And most if all hiding tax payers money

  • Donna Locke says:

    My state representative, Scott Cepicky, and my state senator, Joey Hensley, voted for the vouchers despite saying they were against them and despite the Maury County School Board’s being against them, and of course despite many of us lowly constituents who are against them.

    I have so many reasons to vote against Cepicky that I will do so again when given the opportunity. I voted for the Democrat last time. That’s how disgusted I am. I am going to have to get more involved on that, though I would like to pursue my own interests now.

  • John says:

    Some people here seem to think if you’re a Republican, you have to be for vouchers. Why was all of East Tennessee exempted from vouchers. You do realize Bill Lee’s signature legislation only applies to Davidson and Shelby counties: two counties that didn’t want it, but had it forced upon them by Republicans essentially against vouchers for their own constituents?

  • Silence Dogood says:

    I want vouchers in Knox County. The only corruption in the vouchers vote was the TEA & TSBA (without a consensus from their members) threatening Republicans with reprisals if they voted the way these elected officials constituents wanted. I am disgusted with the unions of this country. Unions are agents of corruption and use tactics used by fascists throughout the world to maintain the status quo of their elitist leaders. The truly wealthy do not want educated serfs. Americans are too educated in their minds. Bring on the illegals who are too stupid to know they are entitled to a safe workplace and benefits. A new serf class, here illegally, and cannot complain to authorities. Again, disgusting. Apparently their is NO amount of wealth that is enough for Soros, Gates, Bezos, etc….

    • Lenny says:

      Republicans have a super majority in local, state, and federal offices in Tennessee, but the TEA is more powerful than them? How about the law was terribly written? Some people were willing to lose to their office or be investigated by the FBI to pass it and some “too educated” people weren’t.

      It looks like you need a voucher.

      • Silence Dogood says:

        Indeed they are powerful. When elections are decided by less than the number of school teachers in a Representatives district, they are that powerful. So who needs a voucher now, Lenny? You do!!!

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