Gov. Lee calls on House Speaker Glen Casada to resign or face special session

FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee takes part in a discussion on state-level criminal justice reform in Nashville, Tenn. Lee plans to let legislation to allow sports betting become law without his signature, putting a state that has largely shied from expanding gambling in position to become the first to offer an online-only sportsbook. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday night called on embattled Republican House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, saying otherwise he would call lawmakers into special session to act after the House GOP Caucus' stunning approval hours earlier of a no-confidence resolution.

Lee's move came after a tumultuous day in which Republican Caucus members voted 45-24 for the nonbinding resolution.

Lee, also a Republican, said in a statement that House Republicans had "sent a clear message, and I'm prepared to call a special session if the speaker doesn't resign."

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