Gov. Lee to call special session on Casada replacement in mid-August

House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) presides over a floor session in Nashville on April 23, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee plans to call a special session for a House vote to replace Speaker Glen Casada in mid-August.

The governor announced his decision to call the special session in a press conference before the state Republican Party’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner on Saturday.

Casada (R-Franklin) has said he plans to plan resign on Aug. 2 after losing a vote of confidence among members of the House Republican Caucus last month.

House Republicans expect Casada to keep to his original resignation date, meaning Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) would preside until a permanent replacement is elected during the special session.

A House Republican Caucus meeting to nominate the next speaker could be held in the latter half of next month.

11 Responses to Gov. Lee to call special session on Casada replacement in mid-August

  • Jonathan Swift says:

    Let’s drag this out as long as possible.

  • Lenny says:

    I know it’s a sin to question Saint Lee, but I wonder how long Diane Black would have put up with Cocaine Casada.

    • jason wallflower says:

      Since she came in third, better question is to ask how long Boyd would have put up with it? Since Boyd was most like Haslam, I imagine Boyd would have said Casada needed to go MUCH sooner that Lee. Haslam always moves quickly on inappropriate behavior – Durham, Byrd, Casada, etc.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Casada has stuck it to us all. We let him. It’s his game. He’s made the rules all the way to his landing. Anyone else would have crashed into a mountain. Money is the reason. Casada controls a LOT of money.

  • James White says:

    What is wrong with next week??????

  • Silence Dogood says:

    And maybe the Governor and the Legislature believes this whole situation to be “garbage”. NO WAY, you say? Impossible? My explanation fits better than yours.

  • Eddie White says:

    Instead of spending taxpayer dollars and calling a “special session”( like next week) , why not let Casada resign in August, and then elect a new speaker in January when the legislature convenes. Will the state of Tennessee fall apart between now and January? It will not and we will continue to go on with our lives dealing with more important issues than this…

    • Lenny says:

      The most important item of business for the TN GOP is making sure Evangelicals don’t find out about their lack of family values. They have to at least appear like they’re taking a stand against adultery and illegal drug use by one of its leaders. That won’t happen if they wait until January.

    • Cannoneer2 says:

      This is the correct course of action, Eddie. Very logical. Career rank and file state employees (who earn much less than six figures for full time jobs!) will keep the state running smoothly as usual, with or without a Speaker.

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