A Tennessee House Ethics Committee meeting scheduled for today at the request of House Speaker Glen Casada was canceled.
Casada wanted an advisory opinion on his chief of staff Cade Cothren’s resignation amid explicit text messages exchanged between the two.
Committee chair and local State Representative Matthew Hill issued the following statement to News Channel 11:
“This morning, I met individually with members of the House Ethics Committee and our attorneys to begin conversations about formulating an advisory opinion at the Speaker’s request. The goal was for the entire committee to reconvene later this afternoon for additional discussions about this matter. However, we decided to reschedule for a later date because we wanted to give members of the public sufficient notice as to when the meeting will take place. Pursuant to House rules, all ethics committee meetings are open except in a couple of instances including those related to advisory opinions.”
Many lawmakers are calling for the House Speaker to resign.
Today, an area lawmaker also weighed in on the embattled speaker.
We caught up with GOP Representative Jeremy Faison at the East Tennessee Republican Club at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City.
“There were all kinds of stuff that was happening behind the scenes that just wasn’t conducive to the legislature being the people’s house,” said Faison. “I’m hoping that the truth continues to come out and people realize that that was Glen’s house, not the people’s house and it is time that it is taken back and given back to the people.”
Faison has called for Speaker Casada’s resignation, saying he does not think it is possible for him to effectively lead.