Republican lawmaker asks Speaker Casada to resign over controversies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Republican lawmaker has joined a chorus of Democrats asking for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign over multiple controversies on capitol hill. 

Wednesday morning, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart and Rep. Bo Mitchell held a press conference to address concerns over the alleged recordings of private meeting rooms inside the capitol without knowledge. 

Now, friend and Republican lawmaker Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) has also called for the speaker’s resignation. 

Rep. Hawk shared the following email he sent to Speaker Casada with News 2:

“I suggest that you bow out gracefully and resign. After the way that Cade has treated some members so poorly, you will not be able to lead us with any sense of confidence in your decision-making.


Still your friend,
-David”

While Hawk is the first Republican lawmaker to officially break ranks with Casada, this is far from the first time in recent weeks that the House Speaker has been asked to resign. 

The same demand for resignation was made by Democrats after Casada allegedly locked legislators in the chamber to keep a quorum on the final day of the legislative session.

Calls came as well before and after Casada’s chief of staff resigned after admitting to sending racist text messages and using illegal drugs while at work.

Casada dismissed the allegations against him and calls for him to resign, calling the text messages sent between him and his former chief of staff “locker room talk.”

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