Ethics Committee member Mike Carter calls on Tennessee House Speaker Casada to resign amid text messaging scandal

Some on Tennessee House ethics panel balk at signing on to draft Casada legal advisory opinion

In this May 1, 2019, photo, House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, stands at the microphone during a House session in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee House Ethics Committee member and State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, is calling on embattled Republican Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, saying he was shocked by the proposed "statement of facts" for a draft ethics opinion sought by the speaker, who is scrambling to hold onto his post amid a text-messaging scandal and other issues.

In a statement provided Thursday night to the Times Free Press, Carter, an attorney and former judge, said that he previously had felt he should make no decision on Casada's future until the panel completed an investigation.

But events began taking a dramatic turn for the Hamilton County lawmaker on Monday when he and four Democrats also on the 10-member ethics panel were called in for one-on-one meetings with Casada's hand-picked Deputy Speaker Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, who is also the Ethics Committee chairman, another appointment by Casada, who was elected speaker in January.