Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs calls for TN House Speaker’s resignation

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Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs has joined the growing list of state and local lawmakers calling for Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada’s resignation. 

Mayor Jacobs tweeted early evening on Wednesday, quoting 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower on integrity and encouraging Casada to resign, ‘for the good of Tennessee’. 

Casada has faced increased scrutiny on Wednesday after his top aide, Cade Cothren, stepped down Monday amid allegations he sent racist and sexually explicit text messages. Cothren also acknowledged using cocaine in his legislative office several years ago.

The tipping point for Cothren’s resignation may have been where “sexually explicit” text messages reported in the Tennessean late Monday that Cothren allegedly sent during a period of time in 2014-2016. 

During the radio interview on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, the Speaker said he was embarrassed that he responded to his former top aide, Cade Cothren’s texts, three years ago with a few lewd words of his own.

East Tennessee state Representatives Jeremy Faison, Gloria Johnson, Bill Dunn and David Hawk are among those calling for Casada’s resignation. State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, who represents the sixth district encompassing Knoxville and Knox County, tweeted in part, “I don’t see how Speaker Casada can continue to lead.” 

Casada’s new statement about the controversies surrounding his office remains makes no mention of him leaving office. 

he said he is in the process of creating an action plan with members of his staff and the House Ethics Committee to make sure that no other “missteps” occur in the future. 

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