Hamilton County lawmakers want House Speaker Casada to go sooner, not later

House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, center, talks with people before a meeting of the House Republican Caucus at a hotel on May 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The caucus was meeting to discuss the future of Casada, ensnarled in a texting scandal. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - Hamilton County's state legislative delegation wants scandal-ridden Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to depart the post before the speaker's proposed Aug. 2 departure date.

Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, who is running to succeed Casada, who agreed to step down over a scandal over a racist and three sexually explicit text messages with a top aide as well as other controversies, had previously called on the speaker to resign.