Hulsey, Crawford undecided on House speaker's fate

Hank Hayes • May 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Tennessee state Reps. Bud Hulsey and John Crawford — the Kingsport area’s two House members — haven’t yet decided whether House Speaker Glen Casada should resign.

Casada, R-Franklin, has been under fire since his former chief of staff admitted to using illegal drugs, including snorting cocaine in his legislative offices.

Casada then promoted to the position Scott Gilmer, who in 2009 entered a no-contest plea to creating fake political websites discrediting former state Rep. Nathan Vaughn, now a Kingsport mayoral candidate.

Hulsey, R-Kingsport, said: “I’ve heard rumor and I’m actually trying to find out what is exactly factual and the time period that it took place in. Then I have to evaluate do the facts of this rise to a level that he should leave? That’s what I’m trying to evaluate right now. I was supportive of him, so I’m still going to be in that camp until I get all this information collected that is factual. I’ve talked to several representatives trying to find out what the facts are. I hear more rumor and speculation than I do anything.”

Crawford, R-Kingsport, said: “I don’t know. They are trying to get a meeting of the caucus together, and if that happens, they will provide us with information about what’s factual and what’s not, and we will make a decision as a caucus.”

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