Glen Casada controversy opens old wounds from 2018 Hamilton County state House GOP primary

House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, talks with a colleague Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The GOP-supermajority House and Senate passed a negotiated version of the bill that would increase the amount of public dollars that can pay for private tuition and other expenses. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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 - A Chattanooga Republican who blames 2018 attacks by Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada for his state House GOP primary loss to fellow Republican Esther Helton says "it is time for Speaker Glen Casada to step down."

Jonathan Mason also says it's time for Rep. Helton, R-East Ridge, to speak up on where she stands with regard to the embattled Casada, who faces multiple controversies stemming from sexist and racist texts sent by a former top aide, along with other eruptions.

"I