Here’s the letter calling for the GOP caucus meeting on Casada

Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) speaks to fellow Republicans about his bid for House speaker on Nov. 20, 2018. He was later nominated for the position by 47 of 73 members. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Here is the letter calling for the secret House Republican Caucus meeting about Glen Casada’s speakership amid a text messaging scandal, as obtained by Stephen Elliott of the Nashville Scene.

The letter calls on Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton to “conduct the meeting in such a way as to protect the Speaker and the Caucus concerning the dissemination of the vote or comments made therein.”

THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION INTENDED ONLY FOR THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS. NO DISSEMINATION OF THIS COMMUNICATION ORALLY OR IN WRITING IS PERMITTED.

5/10/2019

Dear Chairman Sexton:

Pursuant to the House Republican Caucus bylaws, the undersigned members, being ten (10) or more, hereby respectfully request a Caucus meeting to be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the earliest possible date.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the sentiment of the Caucus regarding support for Speaker Glen Casada and to conduct, if duly moved by the Caucus, a secret ballot vote to establish whether Speaker Casada has the support of the Caucus to continue in his current position as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The overarching goal is that we move forward as a constructive, united Caucus for the House as a body on behalf of all Tennesseans. The meeting is called for these purposes and no other.

We request the meeting be held offsite and only Caucus members be permitted to attend. We request that you as Caucus Chair develop whatever rules you deem necessary to conduct the meeting in such a way as to protect the Speaker and the Caucus concerning the dissemination of the vote or comments made therein.

The signatures of the members below should not be construed as indicating any particular position they may take at the meeting.

Regards,

/Jerry Sexton/

Other signatories:

Rep. Mike Carter, Ooltewah

Rep. Ron Gant, Rossville

Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, Signal Mountain

Rep. Dan Howell, Cleveland

Rep. Chris Hurt, Halls

Rep. Justin Lafferty, Knoxville

Rep. John Ragan, Oak Ridge

Rep. Jay Reedy, Erin

Rep. Chris Todd, Jackson

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, Lancaster

Rep. Jason Zachary, Knoxville

13 Responses to Here’s the letter calling for the GOP caucus meeting on Casada

  • Sandra Clark says:

    Wow. Secret meeting in secret location with secret ballot.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Which is exactly as it should be. I know Sandra, you probably are spending many a sleepless night worrying about the ability of the Republican Party to ride out this tempest in a teapot unscathed so you would like to see these deliberations in real time but there are times when its best for the members of the body to have a frank discussion as to how to move forward in a “secret meeting in [a] secret location with [a] secret ballot.”

      • Lenny says:

        You really don’t come off any smarter when you put an indefinite article in brackets quoting a comment on the Internet. You’re triggered!

  • Richard Donnell says:

    Could the convening of this secret meeting at a secret location be a violation of the Sunshine Law?

    • James White says:

      I think it is ‘Do as we Say, Not as we Do’. I think the TN legislature exempt themselves from the law.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      I don’t believe the law applies to organizational issues. They won’t be discussing any legislation or policy applying to the public. The caucus should have the freedom they need to resolve this mess.

      • Lenny says:

        Why did they allow Daddy Casada’s first vote for Speaker open to the public? I guess because they knew it wouldn’t be embarrassing. Now that it is embarrassing, Tennesseans, black people and underage girls are too stupid and we should make the same meeting private?

  • Jonathan Swift says:

    “The overarching goal is that we move forward as a constructive, united Caucus for the House as a body on behalf of all Tennesseans.” That is, on behalf of all Republican Tennesseans who want to impose our will on everybody else.

  • David Collins says:

    The people who used to call themselves Republicans but are now more aptly referred to as Trumpites are really amusing. They go to any and all lengths to defend and/or take up for one of their own. It doesn’t matter if it’s that pedophile in Alabama, Roy Moore, or their present Speaker of the House, Glen Casada (who gives a very good reason to believe he is a bigot and a lecher), these are their kind of people. When they don’t like it being reported in the media they scream “fake news”. A term that we now have figured out translates to mean “it’s the truth”. They should just finish the cycle and admit that the term GOP no longer stands for Grand Old Party but now stands for Group of Perverts.

  • jim east says:

    I may be mistaken, but I believe both bodies of the Legislature exempted themselves from the Open Meetings Act many years ago …

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Don’t worry. Nothing will be secret. Most likely one or more will be wearing recording devices supplied by federal law enforcement and the Tennessean

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