State Representative Hawk doubles down on call for Speaker Casada’s removal


A Tri-Cities lawmaker who was among the first to call for Casada to step down said on Friday that he stands by his statements opposing his party’s top leaders.

State Representative David Hawk – a Republican from Greeneville – today doubled down on his opposition to Casada’s continued leadership role.

Right after news broke of a texting and email scandal involving Casada who defeated Hawk to become the Tennessee House Speaker, Hawk blasted his colleague in the legislature and called for his resignation.

He said after 17 years in politics, he’s used to people disagreeing with his stances on issues.

But Hawk said “Remarkably, since I made my very public comments last week suggesting that… Casada resigns from his service as Speaker, I have heard absolutely no disagreement, from anyone.”

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Hawk said he’s heard from “hundreds of constituents who have told him they agree with his stance, and he’s had “zero pushback” from anyone in Tennessee.

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“I continue to listen to my constituents and concerned citizens from across Tennessee as we look to address this issue on Monday.”

That’s when the Tennessee GOP House Caucus is set to meet to decide whether there’s enough support for Casada to continue as speaker.

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