Today’s the day for Casada to sink or swim. Or is it?

The state House Republican Caucus meets Monday afternoon at a Nashville hotel to decided whether embattled Speaker Glen Casada still has their confidence to lead the chamber.

Casada has been furiously lobbying members not to cast him aside. One idea that’s been floated is for the caucus to vote on whether to censure the speaker rather than pass a no-confidence motion, with the former being considered less fatal to his prospects to remain speaker.

Another option is for the caucus to simply vote down the no-confidence motion.

Any outcome, however, is bound to leave the speaker in a severely weakened position.

One of Casada’s major challenges is that just about every rumor floated about him feels like it might have some credence — no matter how outlandish it sounds. That means the Franklin Republican is constantly on the defensive, trying to slap down the latest whispers.

The lastest rumor spreading around the Capitol is that Casada has allegedly promised to support a primary challenger of Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) after she declared the speaker should step aside (and also because she earlier voted against the school voucher bill). Casada aides and House Republican Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton of Crossville say they are unaware of any such arrangement.

Meanwhile, Republican State Executive Committee member Randy Ellis of Harriman issued a statement calling on Casada resign as speaker:

The continued drama involving Speaker Casada has quickly turned into a National embarrassment it’s time for the Speaker to step aside and allow for new leadership. This ordeal has overshadowed all the hard work and accomplishments our legislature has worked so hard for during the last session.

It is time to end this prolonged drama. For the sake of our great party and the state of Tennessee, I call for Speaker Casada to step down as Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.


9 Responses to Today’s the day for Casada to sink or swim. Or is it?

  • Lenny says:

    New Casada text: “Let’s pee on Terri Weaver’s seat LOL. Whatevr makes DADDY happy!”

  • Jonathan Swift says:

    Clearly, Mr. Casada will do whatever it takes to maintain his power and position. Never mind his party, never mind the legislature, never mind any reputation that gets in the way. Presidential material.

    • Lenny says:

      Let me get this straight. Daddy Casada has his homosexual, incest pee fantasies exposed and Terri Weaver is getting kicked out of the Republican Party?!

  • Eddie White says:

    The Republican caucus will make a decision regarding the future of Speaker Casada. Personally it seems a censure is in order here considering the nature of the charges. Unfortunately, it seems some in the media are eager to advance any rumor making the rounds.

    • Erik Schelzig says:

      Well, this particular rumor is being spread by the candidate in question telling folks that he’s received Casada’s endorsement.

    • Lenny says:

      Yep. They will primary Terri Weaver and slap Daddy Casada on the wrist (though, Daddy likes it rough).

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Lenny, when do you graduate from high school? I’m sure we would all like to congratulate you whenever it takes place and look forward to the day when you finally reach adulthood at which time you will look back at the giggling joy you seem to get from Glen’s correspondence with Cothren with embarrassment.

        • Lenny says:

          When are you going to ask the same of your Daddy? He’s the one who sent the sexualized texts to his paid help

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Reluctantly, I’m inclined to agree. Censure will allow the Republicans to dissociate themselves from Glen’s correspondence with Cothren as well as giving Glen a slap on the wrist for this tempest in a teapot arising as well as his handling of the matter. The pearl clutchers will complaian but they are only happy when they have something to complain about thus giving them a reason to clutch their pearls ever more tightly. Barring any further breathless “disclosures” by Glen’s enemies and their main stream media allies I think we are ready to move on.

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