Republicans meeting Monday on Speaker Casada

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Tennessee

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – Multiple news sources in Nashville report that the House Republican Caucus will meet on Monday to consider the future of Speaker Glen Casada.

The Tennesseean reports that Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton from Crossville has confirmed the meeting.

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It will be held in Nashville on Monday afternoon behind closed doors at an undisclosed location.

The Nashville Post published a confidential letter calling for a meeting and vote of confidence on Casada.

Of the dozen House Republicans who signed it, 3 are from our area.

Mike Carter from Hamilton County, Patsy Hazlewood from Signal Mountain and Dan Howell from Bradley County.

Their signatures do NOT indicate they would vote against him, just that they believe the matter should be settled.

Governor Lee has said he is monitoring events, but will let the House determine their own leadership.

Senate leader McNally has said Casada should resign.

The Speaker has been under fire for the last couple of weeks over texts he exchanged with his chief of staff (who has resigned), his handling of the last day of the session when he locked lawmakers inside the chamber and his support for a House member accused of sexual assault 30 years ago.

The current thread pursued by News Channel 5 in Nashville is that Speaker Casada paid his aides to attack the credibility of the women who lodged charges against Rep. David Byrd.

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