NASHVILLE - In their first public comments on the text messaging scandal that has rocked Tennessee Republican House Speaker Glen Casada and led to the resignation of the speaker's chief of staff, Republican Gov. Bill Lee and Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally weighed in Tuesday shortly before a previously scheduled joint appearance in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
"When we choose to enter public service, we have an obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard and cultivate an environment of professionalism and respect," said Lee, who earlier was challenged by House Democrats to speak out on the texts between Casada and former aide Cade Cothren in which Cothren boasted about sex, made racist comments and discussed his illicit drug use.
Lee also said in his statement that "we owe it to Tennesseans to ensure they know that all of us in elected office hold ourselves to that high standard.