Tennessee Democratic Caucus members call for removal of House Speaker Glen Casada

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Members of the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus are calling for the removal of Rep. Glen Casada as the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Following the resignation of his Chief of Staff Cade Cothren amid allegations of ethical misconduct and racist remarks, the Democratic Caucus says its "now clear that Speaker Casada participated in numerous acts that make his continued service as Speaker untenable."

Among the allegations cited by the caucus are jokes with Cothren about a naked woman dancing on a pole and a racist meme labled "black people."

Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Stewart calls Casada's actions "disqualifying," adding Casada "must either resign or be removed."

The statement from the caucus came shortly after the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators called for an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into Cothren. TBCSL Chairman G.A. Hardaway called on Casada to join their request for an investigation.

Lt. Governor Rand McNally also issued a statement on the Speaker's Office:

“Senate leadership and I are greatly disappointed by the inappropriate actions and attitudes revealed in recent news reports. Every person who interacts with the state legislature should be treated with the utmost respect. It is deeply troubling that some have fallen short of this standard. Tennesseans expect and deserve better from those who serve the public trust. Senate leadership is united in our commitment that members and staff continue to uphold the standard Tennesseans demand of their public officials.”

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