A meeting that will likely determine the political future of embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is now scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, but the Republican lawmakers who requested the meeting want it limited to only House GOP Caucus members.
House Republican Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton says the requests come from now twelve GOP members who signed a formal letter asking the caucus to discuss its “sentiments toward Speaker Casada” in light of various issues that have been raised in a variety of news reports for nearly two weeks.
Specifically, the letter states “…to discuss the sentiment of the Caucus regarding support for Speaker Glen Casada and to conduct if duly moved by the Caucus, a secret ballot vote…”
The 12-House Republicans, who include Assistant House Majority Leader Ron Gant, request the meeting take place “off-site” from Capitol Hill.
No location has yet been selected says Rep. Sexton who was asked about the “members only” meeting.
“They did request it to be a closed meeting just like there have been internal caucus meetings on both sides of the aisle that have been closed,” says the House Republican Caucus Chair. “They only wanted the members in the room during this very important discussion.”
Speaker Casada has admitted to participating in some lewd texts about women three years ago with his now-fired Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, but indicated Monday “you don’t see that in my texting today.”
There have also been issues raised about Cothren allegedly sending racist texts during the same period.
Since then, some House Republican members like Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn have publicly asked Rep. Casada to step aside from his leadership position, but the speaker maintains he has majority support of the 73-GOP members in the House.