House Democrats call for Casada’s removal as speaker

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

House Democrats are calling for Rep. Glen Casada’s removal as speaker following the resignation of his chief of staff.

Here’s the full release:

NASHVILLE–Members of the House Democratic Caucus are demanding the removal of Rep. Glen Casada as Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Casada’s Chief of Staff Cade Cothren resigned yesterday after recent media reports that he used illegal drugs in the legislative building, solicited oral sex from an intern in a text message and also sent racist and sexist texts to others, including the Speaker.  It is now clear that Speaker Casada participated in numerous acts that make his continued service as Speaker untenable, including:

  • Casada joked with Cothren about a picture of a woman dancing on a pole, asking Cothren at one point, “Can I just touch?”, and saying “nice pics”.
  • In another text, the two joked about how long a sexual encounter Cothren claimed to have with a woman lasted. Casada asked Cothren, “R u a minute man?” Cothren responded by saying, “Yes, I take after you. Like Father, like son.”
  • Another exchange between the two included Cothren using a racist meme that was labeled “black people” when he was referring to a West Tennessee voting district.

Democratic Leader Karen Camper said: “Citizens of the State of Tennessee deserve to have a Speaker that they can trust; whose character and moral standards are beyond reproach.  The actions of our Speaker are unbecoming and disrespectful, not only to the citizens of our state, but to the office he holds.”  Caucus Chair Mike Stewart added: “Actions have consequences; Speaker Casada’s actions are obviously disqualifying and he must either resign or be removed.”

13 Responses to House Democrats call for Casada’s removal as speaker

  • David Thomas says:

    They won’t remove him. Trump has made his type of behavior the norm for the Republicans!

    • Lenny says:

      Casada, Trump, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell (Google his poolboy.), etc. – Wolves in sheep’s clothing

  • Teddy says:

    Thankfully nothing like this never happened when the Democrats were in charge.

    • Cannoneer2 says:

      I thought Republicans were supposed to be better than that. Guess not.

    • Lenny says:

      It was ok for Rudy to cheat on his wife and move in with a gay couple and for Casada to hire someone he wants to have threesomes with because God doesn’t count sins against Republicans.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Some interesting studies have been done about leadership and testosterone levels, and the effects of hormones as hormones fluctuate in various situations, in both men and women. Session and campaigns are like war. Testosterone is a hormone of aggression and can influence people to behave in strong and possibly stupid ways.

    You just have to weigh it all out. I am disgusted with the lot of them for other reasons, of course.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    There are at least two actively plotting to fill the vacuum when Glen leaves. Both making calls as I type.

    • Lenny says:

      I hope they are real Christians with real Christian values. I’m sick of these Republicans that make us all look like hypocrites.

  • Perry Aubric says:

    The stories of Casada as a serial sexual predator have been rampant for many years. A serious investigation of his escapades is long past due.

  • Michael Lottman says:

    He has to go. You just can’t engage in this kind of behavior and show such contempt for your constituents and still expect to remain in a position of leadership.

  • John Stewart says:

    Times and standards expected of public servants have changed. This sort of male banter among high ranking public officials cannot be excused as mere “locker room” talk. It reveals attitudes and values that have no place among elected representatives, particularly those who hold positions of the highest public responsibility. “Boys will be boys” simply doesn’t cut it these days, the current occupant of the White House notwithstanding.

  • Eddie White says:

    What has changed is social media and the ability to document almost anything. It would have really been interesting, and surely the subject of public outrage, if we would have had cell phones videoing the White House during the Kennedy and Clinton Administration’s.

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