Embattled House Speaker Casada faces 'no confidence' vote today in GOP Caucus but supporters may offer censure motion

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 - Less than five months after becoming speaker of the Tennessee House, Republican Glen Casada's political future will be on the line today with his fellow GOP representatives.

The 73-member Republican Caucus is scheduled this afternoon to debate a proposed no confidence motion on Casada, 59, amid a nearly three-week storm over scandals involving racist and misogynistic texts as well as other issues.

That's not to mention a call by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, who last week said Casada should resign, charging the speaker in his view sought to "rig" a draft ethics advisory opinion he'd requested.

It's among a series of controversies that have embarrassed, roiled and angered many of Casada's GOP colleagues. They've also spurred House Democrats and the legislative Black Caucus, as well as Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, to call for him to resign.