So who voted against the Casada no-confidence resolution?

House Speaker Glen Casada’s inner circle dines together after the Franklin Republican won the GOP nomination to lead the chamber in November 2018.

We know the final tally of the vote to declare the House Republican Caucus had lost confidence in Speaker Glen Casada was 45-24. But in the aftermath of the secret ballot, it’s been exceedingly difficult to find members who admit to have remained supportive of the embattled speaker.

“Forty-five of us stood for what was right and just,” said Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), the first lawmaker to publicly call for Casada’s resignation. “And now, evidently, there were 68.”

We know Rep. Andy Holt made an impassioned — but unsuccessful — plea to table the resolution during the closed-door caucus meeting. But the Dresden Republican has been uncharacteristically quiet since the vote. Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) wrote an op-ed supporting Casada on the eve of the meeting, and Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson) spoke in his favor during the gathering.

Rep. Tim Rudd (R-Murfreesboro) told the Daily News Journal he voted against the resolution. And presumably Casada himself voted against. So that’s five of 24.

Everyone else seems to be rushing to the winning side of the vote, including Casada’s erstwhile allies from northeast Tennessee, Matthew and Timothy Hill and Micah Van Huss, according to WJHL-TV.

Rep. Michael Curcio (R-Dickson), who was seen as working in close concert with Casada after he was appointed judiciary chairman, raised eyebrows among colleagues for issuing a statement after the vote claiming to have been on the winning side.

19 Responses to So who voted against the Casada no-confidence resolution?

  • Not Stuart Anderson says:

    One cant help but be impressed with the cultural diversity of that inner circle…

    • Lenny says:

      Absolutely. We’ve got Cocaine addicted shephards and alcoholic sheep.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Then again, those of us that support an ideology that offers the electorate something other than the thin gruel of identity politics list “cultural diversity” as just about the last thing on this earth that either impress or depress us.

  • Karen Knox says:

    What a solid, stolid bunch of carnivorous old white men. Enjoy it while you can, boys. Your winter is coming. You know, if you hadn’t been so piggy, your soon-to-be minority might not have been so bitter. Let that be a lesson to you, assuming you still have any capacity for learning. So far, your learning curve isn’t brilliant.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Dream on Karen, by all means sweet dreams as you dream on but as a backstop lest your dreams lead to depression may I suggest you send resumes to corporations in California, Illinois, and New York or similar areas that will provide you with an environment that will turn you dreams into reality.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Michael Curcio is an out and out liar. He is an opportunist and megalomaniac-just like Glen Casada. That’s Curcio at head of table in picture bottom right. He scoooched over and turned around for the pic. Opposite the head (or maybe the head)-is Cade Cothran. Can anyone else name the group members? Who is the couple to the right of Cocaine Cothren?

    • Tom Matthews says:

      The guy to Cade’s left in the light colored suit and glasses is Dan Howell, I believe. He is my representative. When I asked him to come out against Casada early last week, he dragged his feet, invoked the “due process” wisdom of his buddy Mike Carter, and said he needed to wait until the caucus meeting because all the facts were not out yet. Unfortunately, all this was before Carter revealed the rigged Ethics Committee proceedings and called for Casada to not only resign as Speaker, but to resign from the Legislature. In spite of all that, I’m betting Howell voted against the no confidence resolution.

      • Lenny says:

        I can’t tell if they’re Republicans or Televangelists.

      • Dan Howell says:

        I’ll take that bet Tom😊. I voted with the majority.
        I make no apologies for believing in due process.
        Knee jerk justice Is not a good way to govern.
        When Rep Carter presented his evidence at the
        caucus it was clearly time to act and we did. It is an honor to represent
        the people in District 22 and I take it very seriously.

        • Erik Schelzig says:

          Reps. Howell and Mark White are believed by several members with whom I’ve spoken to have voted with the majority. Claims by others in the photo aren’t given quite as much credence.

        • Tom Matthews says:


          Thanks for your post and your vote with the majority; I concede you would win the bet if you were a gambling man;). With all due respect, there was enough evidence confirmed by Casada early on to disqualify him from his post, so when I contacted you the time for “knee jerk justice” was past. However, I can understand the hesitancy to believe the worst about someone you have known and supported. I appreciate your service.

  • James White says:

    4th down on the Right from the front looks to be Mark White.

  • Chockfullofnuts says:

    To the right of Cothern sits Holt Whitt (Casada Policy Advisor) and his wife Stephanie Witt, who lobbies for the Beaman Policy Center.

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  • Rosa says:

    Funny that dan howell says he believes in due process for a man who didn’t believe the same for another man.

  • Elmer Gantry says:

    Timothy Shawn Hatmaker (“Defender of Freedom”, a former field director of Americans For Prosperity and owner of Freedom Strategies, LLC, is shown seated at the left side of Rep. William Lamberth.

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