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Sen. Blackburn silent on state House speaker's fate

Robert Houk • May 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., declined Thursday to weigh in on calls for state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, to step down as Tennessee House speaker following his handling of inappropriate text messages sent by his former chief of staff.

The state’s junior senator told reporters on a conference call from her office in Washington that she would leave Casada’s fate to “the House Republican Caucus and the people of his district who elected him.” Blackburn served as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly before being elected to Congress in 2002.

Democrats and some Republican members are raising questions about how Casada handled complaints against former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, who resigned Monday following allegations of sexist and racist comments. The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville reported Cothren, 32, had a history of sending sexually explicit text messages and making inappropriate advances toward former interns, lobbyists and campaign staffers.

Some of those text messages were shared with Casada.

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