Carter raises concerns about Casada becoming ‘shadow speaker’

House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) speaks to Republican colleagues in Nashville on April 23, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) is raising concerns that Glen Casada is trying to influence the outcome of the race to succeed him so he can act as the “shadow speaker” even after he’s no longer in charge of the chamber.

According to a report from Andy Sher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Casada targeted Carter in an email to Republican colleagues for “using his position on the House Ethics Committee as a platform to run for Speaker, much in the same way he wrongfully accused me of trying to predetermine an outcome from the committee to remain as speaker.”

Carter issued a statement to the paper saying the email from Casada confirmed his concerns that the speaker’s efforts to remain in power until Aug. 2 “would be destructive” to the House.

Casada “is intent on using his position and his substantial PAC funding to punish those who dared to challenge him and to use his position to pick his successor so that he will, in effect, be the shadow speaker,” Carter said in the statement.

Casada’s email attacking Carter drew a rebuke from Rep. David Hawk.

“So, is this what our Republican House Caucus can expect from you over the next two months, as you intend to hang on as speaker?!” Hawk wrote to colleagues.

“Do you and your remaining supporters in the House continually intend to attack those of us who have rightfully called for your resignation? You, trying to assign blame to others for your downfall is wrong on multiple levels. Stop!”

17 Responses to Carter raises concerns about Casada becoming ‘shadow speaker’

  • James White says:

    Time for Lee to call the Legislature back and vote NOW!

  • Jonathan Swift says:

    Is anyone really surprised by this? A guy that bugs the offices of his colleagues doesn’t play softball.

    • Lenny says:

      Daddy saves hardball for his “son” with premature ejaculation, public indecency and drug abuse problems.

  • Teddy says:

    It’s time.

  • Lenny says:

    What is going on with the Republican House Caucus? I never hear anything bad about the Senate Republican Caucus. We either need primaries to elect more sophisticated State Representatives or mandate random drug and alcohol testing. Something is wrong with these people.

  • Cash Pack says:

    Gov Lee needs to call Casada’s bluff. Call a special session before the end of the month to elect a new speaker. Make him sweat. No need to wait. This delay is just giving Casada and his cronies that defended him, like Robin Smith and Andy Holt, time to figure out a way to hang on to the crumbs of power. They don’t want Bill Dunn or Mike Carter as Speaker because those men will clean house. That scares Casada’s weak cronies. The House needs to get back to the People’s business with a man or woman of integrity leading.

  • NoApologies says:

    It’s all about the millions in PAC money that Casada controls – the Republicans know that he will use it to target those who oppose him. He is absolutely counting on being the “shadow speaker”, and if that fails, we can expect the Governor to find him a nice taxpayer-funded position somewhere.

    • Lenny says:

      Bill Lee has to take care of him. The FBI is already investigating the voucher vote and illegal wiretapping. He has to stay on Daddy’s good side.

  • June and bill landrum says:

    It is bill Dunn’s duty to become the next house speaker for the good of our great state.

  • John Stewart says:

    Go at it, boys! Worth the price of admission for sure.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Tv does suck and no good movies out. Popping lots popcorn these days and watching this

    • Lenny says:

      Cue cheesy 80s sitcom theme music: “Family Values starring The House Republican Caucus, Daddy Casada, and Cocaine Cothern… featuring Bill Lee as Steve Urkel.”

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Casada and Cothren still running together. Pictured near Cordell Hull yesterday eating lunch. Cade has A LOT of dirt on people and I’d say Casada does too. People better record every conversation with Casada and Cothren-someone else is-trust me

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