Public to be barred from GOP meeting on Casada’s future

Members of the House Republican Caucus vote on a motion during a meeting to elect their nominee for speaker in Nashville on Nov. 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The public was invited to attend the House Republican Caucus meeting in November in which Rep. Glen Casada was elected as the nominee for speaker.

Not so for the meeting scheduled for Monday to decide whether members still have confidence in Casada’s leadership amid a scandal involving lewd and racist text messages.

House GOP spokesman Doug Kufner said the meeting will be limited to members of the caucus. That’s at the request of those who called for the gathering, he said. Reps. Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville) and Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) have been identified as gathering the 10 signatures needed to hold the caucus meeting.

Some members have been told they could be required to check their mobile phones at the door for fear of details being leaked to public.

7 Responses to Public to be barred from GOP meeting on Casada’s future

  • James White says:

    Did Tennessee join the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ?

  • Jonathan Swift says:

    Hey, it’s not like the Caucus is accountable to the members of the public that elected them. Nobody wants the rubes to be exposed to all that dirty laundry.

  • Silence Dogood says:

    Republicans hate themselves and would rather destroy each other than to protect the unborn and guard our borders as we are being invaded. Both of which Harwell would never take on and Casada would.

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    They’re not discussing legislation. I have no issue with the meeting being private for their discussion. It’s more like a disciplinary type of meeting where they need to speak openly with one another and with Mr. Casada.

    • Eddie White says:

      I think you are right LeeAnn. The Republican Party is not obligated under law to make their meetings open to the public, and why would they in this case? There is no legislation being discussed. I don’t think sunshine laws are in effect here. I know that will upset the media and some of the leftist lunies on this blog, but I don’t blame the caucus for keeping this private.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    You can hide anything with all those politicians and paid political operatives who will do anything. The ones on Casada’s side will record it just in case they need to turn on him to save their jobs. You’ll hear all about it-almost in real time

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