Rep. Weaver calls for Casada’s resignation as speaker

Add Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) to the list of lawmakers calling for Glen Casada to step down as House speaker.

“The choices made by these people – including the Speaker – should have consequences,” The Hartsville Vidette quoted her as saying. “That teaches a lesson to everyone.”

“If one’s going to step up to a place of authority – mayor, county commissioner – there is a level of representation you’ve got to bring to the table,” she said. “Bad choices bring bad consequences and bad consequences have victims. Good choices make good things happen.”

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver says House Speaker should resign

That brings the list of Republicans calling for Casada to step aside to seven. The other are:

  • Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn of Knoxville.
  • Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville.
  • Rep. Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain.
  • Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby.
  • Majority Whip Rick Tillis of Lewisburg.
  • Rep. Sam Whitson of Franklin.

Meanwhile, Casada was spotted at the Iroquois Steeplechase race in Nashville over the weekend with fellow Republican lawmakers and lobbyists, per the Nashville Scene’s Stephen Elliott.

Also, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Johnson City) said Casada should step aside.

“I think it’s a distraction for our state” Roe told WCYB-TV. “We’re doing wonderful in the state of Tennessee and I think probably he needs to think about removing that distraction.”

18 Responses to Rep. Weaver calls for Casada’s resignation as speaker

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Oh Terri!!! Say it isn’t so Terri, say it isn’t so. Too much religiosity and not enough political wisdom might be OK in religious bodies, though I doubt it to be so even there after the last Methodist General Conference, but it is absolutely lethal in political bodies for those forwarding the conservative ideology.

    The left is interested in power and control and they NEVER take their eye off the ball. They completely control one of the two major political parties as a result. The right stumbles and bumbles its way forward and controls NOTHING. Not a very satisfactory situation I say and no reason to expect it to change until conservatives change.

    • Lenny says:

      Mike Pence was right when he said Christians will be ridiculed. Who knew it would come from the Right?

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        No ridicule intended, no ridicule made. It’s merely an observation that conservatives who allow religiosity to get in the way of sound political decision making wind up furthering neither their religion nor their politics.

  • Travis says:

    Terri Lynn is a hypocrite after sticking with Jeremy Durham

  • Christina Norris says:

    So, Stuart Anderson, you’re saying the House letting Casada continue as Speaker would be ‘sound political wisdom?’ What a joke. As editorial boards in all TN major cities have concluded, Casada has shown himself to be unworthy of the position.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      So Christina you look to the open and notoriously liberal “. . .editorial boards in all TN major cities. . .” for a dispassionate critique of one of the most conservative House Speakers this state has had in memory. That Christina is the joke!

      If you can tear yourself away from your liberal newspapers for a moment and look at the situation dispassionately you will note that all we know right now is that Glen may have made a bad hiring decision out all the ones he was forced to make as Speaker and he did not look good in the public outing of a 3 1/2 year old PRIVATE conversation that is of the type that is by no means unusual among male friends. For this rap sheet House Speakers shouldn’t lose their job unless you don’t agree with the Speaker politically and would like to move him out in order to have a shot at replacing him with someone more to your liking. As a conservative, given the abundance of Republican centrists and tepid conservatives in the House, “sound political wisdom” indicates that we should stick with Glen.

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    Stuart Anderson is hellbent on good people not being allowed in government service. Instead, we should just let the dirtbags run everything. Sorry, Stuart, but you’re dead wrong and it would be best if your way of thinking ended up in the trashcan with all the other scummy stuff.

    It is a-okay if we demand that people be conservative AND more importantly, fundamentally good.

    • Lenny says:

      Idealogical litmus tests are a joke to promote protest candidates like Bernie Sanders. Casada, Bill Lee, and the “conservative” New York City pro-choice Clinton supporter that won the presidency in 2016 all laugh at the Christian conservatives and purists behind their backs.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      The only proven “dirtbag” in this situation is the person who divulged the contents of a private conversation to the media so as to get the pearl clutchers clutching their pearls fully intending that to be the effect of his actions.

      • Jason Wallflower says:

        Stuart – yes or no. Are Glen’s actions reflective of a good leader?

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Glen’s decision making regarding Cothren and the immediate aftermath thereof was not that of a good leader but is not indicative of Glen’s many years in the legislature and in Republican leadership, therefore at this time, and especially given his conservatism, I don’t believe he should lose the speakership. It’s as simply as that.

      • Lenny says:

        You’re right. Anyone questioning the Speaker’s cocaine habits and homosexual incest fantasies is just a pearl clutcher.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Lenny, if you are ever called for jury duty I beg of you, try to tell the questioning attorneys that you are temperamentally unsuited to serve.

  • James White says:

    Stuart, The great state of Tennessee has only two enemies. Collectivism and Amorality. There is no need to debate which party of the two political parties practice the greater collectivism. There is only a difference in degree. So that leaves Amorality. Now I will not say Casada is amoral. I do believe he is a moral man. However, he did act immorally. Should the voters (and even the Republican party) not hold our leaders to a higher standard? Does the People of Tennessee deserve any less?

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Hiring Cothren given his checkered background for an important position is not something I would have done, but doing so was the Christian thing to do. Giving somebody another chance when he says he has turned his life around is almost obligatory on a good Chrisitian and everyone who knows Glen over the years know that he takes his faith very seriously. Apparently Glen did dissimulate in an attempt at damage control once his conversation with Cothren leaked out, but if we made every politician who dissimulates here and there quit we would be vacating public offices by the busload. Again, no ones who knows Glen over the years and admire him is going to hold this incident up as an example of Glen at his best, on the other hand this matter alone does not rise to the level that it requires him to vacate the Speakership.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    There are many more than 7 that want him gone. At this point, a Speaker that cant raise money any longer who has lost the confidence of the Lt Governor and Governor is finished. Let’s just hope his cronyism will be reversed by the next Speaker.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Book it Phil! I have every confidence the next speaker will appoint to key offices an equal number of members who on the one hand have been instrumental in assisting him in his rise to Speaker and members who hate his guts and have done everything possible to stand in his way.

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