House Democratic Caucus chairman says Speaker Casada's 'cronies' hope to retain power with special session

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / State Rep. and Speaker of the Tennessee House Glen Casada speaks during the Hamilton County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Westin Hotel on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

NASHVILLE - A top Tennessee House Democrat says he won't go along with GOP leaders' efforts to call a special session to replace Republican Speaker Glen Casada, charging it's a "transparent scheme" by Casada's "cronies" to hold onto power.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart, of Nashville, said the GOP-led chamber should instead follow House succession procedures. Casada, he said, can just resign now with Republican Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn of Knoxville immediately becoming speaker.