Tennessee legislative Black Caucus calls on Speaker Glen Casada to resign over racial texts, other issues

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, speaks after being sworn in on the opening day of the 111th General Assembly in January in Nashville.
photo FILE - In this May 2 file photo, House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, left, talks with Cade Cothren, right, his former chief of staff, during a House session. Cothren resigned Tuesday amid allegations of racist and sexually explicit texts. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Black Caucus called early Monday evening for Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, citing a lack of "satisfactory" responses from the speaker on issues that have angered black lawmakers.

It's the latest blow to Casada who already faces public calls to step down from seven Republican representatives, including Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain, in the wake of controversies including sexist and racist text messages that Casada received in a group text from then-aide Cade Cothren some 2 1/2 to four years ago.

Cothren,