Casada denies he offered inducements for voucher votes

Rep. John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) speaks with House Finance Chair Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) in the House chamber on April 23, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

House Speaker Glen Casada, who is resigning next week following the loss of a no-confidence vote, has put out an unusual statement to deny that he offered infrastructure funding or a National Guard promotion in exchange for a positive vote on the controversial school voucher bill.

Democratic state Rep. John Mark Windle of Livingston, who voted against the voucher legislation, confirmed to WTVF-TV that Casada had suggested he might be promoted from a colonel in the Guard if he changed his vote.

“In response to your question, your characterization of the conversation is correct,” Windle said in a statement to WTVF.

“I voted against the bill as a matter of principle, and that vote decision did not change. The people of Fentress, Jackson, Morgan, and Overton counties are fiercely independent, and their vote is not for sale.”

Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster, who also opposed the bill, said Casada suggested a new Interstate interchange at the Carthage-Gordonsville exit might be on the table.

“My reply was, ‘You know that’s bogus. You know you can’t do that,” Weaver told the station.

And Rep. Bob Ramsey (R-Maryville) said Casada’s team hinted there might be funding for a jail expansion in his district if he voted for the bill. He refused.


7 Responses to Casada denies he offered inducements for voucher votes

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    I am shocked, shocked that Mr. Casada would do anything unethical or illegal to get his way.

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      Lenny says:

      If he was promising National Guard promotions to support the governor’s top legislative priority, then somebody needs to leak Bill Lee’s text messages.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    You mean leaders of a legislative body discuss inducements to get members to support their legislative priorities? When I was six or seven years old I’m pretty sure I was unaware of that. Another tempest in a teapot breathlessly revealed to us by the mainstream media.

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      MARLE says:

      At the Federal level trading favors that cost the taxpayers money is how we’ve gotten to a 22T debt. TN lawmakers are pikers.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    “Me thinks he doth protest too much”. Mr. Casada continues to demonstrate why he earned that ‘no confidence’ vote from his peers. His letter could have been written by Queen Victoria’s press secretary with all the pretentiousness of “the Office of…”. Exchange of support for one another’s legislative initiatives is one thing. These implications are quite another. I can’t wait for TN to have a new Speaker and fewer tempests created by Mr. Casada.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    The sleaze never ends from this character, soon to be a well-smudged footnote in the history books. one wonders how corrupt, unethical, racist, misogynistic, disloyal, overbearing and disgusting someone can possibly be. Casada, like Trump, is doing his best to show us.

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    James White says:

    Is it August 23 yet?

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