Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Casada announces Aug. 2 resignation, asks Gov. Lee to call special session on replacement

Speaker of the Tennessee House Glen Casada, R-Franklin, is poised to apparently be only the second speaker of the state House to resign his position.

NASHVILLE - Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada made it official Tuesday, saying he will step down Aug. 2 in the wake of fellow Republicans' no confidence vote last month in response to a storm of controversy over sexually explicit text messages and other issues.

After talking with top GOP leaders earlier in the day, Casada sent out a one-paragraph letter, announcing his resignation on the first Friday of August at 8 a.m. He also asked Republican Gov. Bill Lee to call lawmakers into special session to elect his replacement.

But that's not soon enough for some GOP and Democratic leaders, with Republicans preferring a resignation later this month and the chamber's top Democrat calling for Casada to resign immediately.

In a later statement, Lee said "now that the Speaker has announced his intended timeline, we will continue to be in close communication with House leadership and members to determine the best outcome for the House and for Tennessee."

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