Casada, Carter trade barbs over Tennessee House speaker's resignation, replacement

In this May 1, 2019, photo, House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, stands at the microphone during a House session in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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NASHVILLE - Less than 24 hours after embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada announced he would delay resigning his speakership until Aug. 2, the speaker on Wednesday set off yet another political explosion.

His target? Fellow Republican Rep. Mike Carter, of Ooltewah - a Casada critic now among several Republicans vying to replace the disgraced speaker, who was pressured to resign amid a flood of allegations that began with sexually explicit and racist text messages between Casada and his then-top aide Cade Cothren.

In an early morning email to GOP Caucus members, Casada returned to one of the controversies that helped force him into announcing he would step down - a House Ethics Advisory Committee opinion he had sought last month regarding actions he had taken "relative" to the resignation of Cothren.

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