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UPDATE: Governor prepared to call special session if TN House speaker does not resign

Governor Lee released the statement following a no confidence vote by GOP members of the state house of representatives.
Monday, May 20th 2019, 7:24 PM EDT by Associated Press & WRCB Staff
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Monday, May 20th 2019, 10:04 PM EDT
WRCB file photo of Glen Casada.
WRCB file photo of Glen Casada.
WRCB file photo of Glen Casada.

UPDATE: Governor Bill Lee took to Twitter on Monday night and promised to call a special session if House Speaker Glen Casada does not resign.

Governor Lee released the statement following a no confidence vote by GOP members of the state house of representatives.

The vote was 45-24 on a secret ballot.

The Associated Press reports that Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden called on Casada to resign from his role as speaker.

The AP reports, Casada has been dodging calls for his resignation. He recently said he has changed and released a plan to regain the trust of his colleagues.

Local state representatives released the following statements regarding the no confidence vote:

District 30 Rep. Esther Helton did not reveal her vote, but tells Channel 3, "I do not condone the Speakers actions. I respect the process in which the Republican Caucus used to come to the decision today and I stand by the vote.”

District 27 Rep. Patsy Hazlewood says, “The vote was a secret ballot. I stand behind my previous statements calling for the speaker to resign. My vote reflected that position.”

District 29 Rep. Mike Carter referred Channel 3 to the letter he released a few days ago that condemned Casada's actions saying, “You read my letter. Nothing has changed in my position.”

READ MORE | UPDATE: Local legislators react to TN House Speaker Casada controversy 

District 26 Rep. Robin Smith says, “Out of respect to my colleagues who are respecting the posture of the meeting, I will refrain, but will not hesitate to say I support my House Caucus colleagues.”

Stay with the WRCB app for updates to this developing story.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is not immediately heeding calls to resign his leadership post in the face of scandals, saying he'll work over the next few months to regain his colleagues' confidence.

Casada made the statement in response to a 45-24 secret ballot vote Monday in which his House GOP colleagues declared they had no confidence in him as speaker. Afterward, state Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden called on Casada to relinquish his role as speaker.

Casada has been dogged by calls to resign the leadership post after it was revealed that he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his former chief of staff, among other scandals.

House GOP Leader William Lamberth and Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton said after the vote that there isn't any immediate way to remove Casada as speaker.

Casada has said recently that he's changed and released an action plan designed to build trust in the legislature.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tennessee House Republicans have cast a vote of no confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada, who remains ensnared by a spate of scandals.

House GOP Majority Leader William Lamberth said Republicans cast the 45-24 vote during a Monday meeting closed to the public and reporters.

READ MORE | House GOP caucus to meet to discuss embattled speaker 

Casada has been dogged by calls to resign after it was revealed that he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his former chief of staff.

READ MORE | Tennessee speaker calls lewd texts 'locker room talk'

Beforehand, Republican Gov. Bill Lee told reporters that he would wait for a signal from House Republicans before saying whether or not a special session is needed to address Casada's leadership.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Local legislators react to TN House Speaker Casada controversy 

Casada, who previously declined to step aside, didn't immediately comment on the vote. He has said recently that he's changed and released an action plan designed to build trust in the legislature.

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