TN Gov Says He’ll Call Special Session After Speaker’s No Confidence Vote

Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin presents his bill to require children to be older to qualify for kindergarten during a House floor in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Democrats argued the measu... Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin presents his bill to require children to be older to qualify for kindergarten during a House floor in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Democrats argued the measure would lead to layoffs of teachers and deny early education opportunities to children. The measure passed largely along party lines. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig) MORE LESS
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After Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R) lost a no confidence vote within the caucus, Gov. Bill Lee (R) said Monday that he will call a special session to elect a new speaker if Casada doesn’t resign.

According to the Associated Press, Republicans voted against the speaker 45 to 24.

“I’m disappointed in the results,” Casada said in a statement. “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.”

It is not entirely clear that members can remove a speaker from his role before his term is up. They can expel lawmakers from the legislative body, but the Tennessee constitution does not provide any guidance on the speaker issue.

Casada has been trying to claw his way out of the mountain of scandal that already buried his chief of staff, including racist and sexist texts, allegations of trying to get an activist tossed in jail, and the chief of staff’s drug use. Here’s TPM’s deep dive on the scandals.

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  1. Only a member of the Trump Nationalist Party would think he could regain the confidence of his fellow legislators in this day and age after pulling this kind of shit.

    #stickaforkinhim

  2. Yeah. Apparently the main take-away the Goopers all have from Hair Furor is BS, BS and more BS – never acknowledge you’re wrong, never resign and wait until more bad news comes along to distract from your peccadillos.

    Unless, of course, said peccadillos is to stand up to Hair Furor…

  3. Avatar for paulw paulw says:

    That wasn’t even close.

    So why does he want to hold onto the office? Does he think there’s more graft to be squeezed out of it? Are there records controlled by the office that he will lose control of? Is he just a power-mad loon?

  4. Avatar for krux krux says:

    “They can expel lawmakers from the legislative body…”

    Please, please, please.

    ETA: Problem already solved.

    “BREAKING: TN House Speaker Glen Casada Will Resign In Coming Weeks”

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