Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Casada Backs Down, Will Resign

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 12:52 PM

Though his initial instinct on Monday was to respond in the negative to the latest call for his resignation as speaker of the Tennessee House — this time from members of the House Republican caucus — Glen Casada (R-Franklin) has finally capitulated, after indicating in an earlier statement on Tuesday that he intended to remain in office despite a lopsided 45-24 vote against him by his fellow House Republicans.
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The last straw for Casada was Monday’s caucus vote, which was followed almost immediately by a statement from Republican Governor Bill Lee that the governor would call a special session of the legislature to consider the matter of Casada’s tenure if the beleaguered Speaker resisted resignation. "Today, House Republicans sent a clear message," Lee said.

Casada’s first response to the caucus vote was one of continued resistance. ““I’m disappointed in the results of today’s caucus vote," the speaker said. "However, I will work the next few months to regain the confidence of my colleagues so we can continue to build on the historic conservative accomplishments of this legislative session.”

That statement was supplanted on Tuesday by this one: "When I return to town on June 3rd, I will meet with caucus leadership to determine the best date for me to resign as speaker so that I can facilitate a smooth transition.”

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