Rep. Robin Smith on House speaker bid: 'I'm not saying I would never run, but at this time, I'm watching'

In this Sept. 24, 2018, staff file photo, District 26 Republican candidate Robin Smith speaks during a meet and greet hosted by the League of Women Voters in the Chattanooga Rooms at the University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn.

NASHVILLE - State Rep. Robin Smith says she's getting "encouraged" by some fellow Republicans as well as business people to run to replace current Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada, who says he will resign his post in June after the GOP Caucus approved a no confidence resolution this week.

"While I'm flattered, I have not announced that I'm running," said Smith, a former Tennessee Republican Party chair, political and business consultant and freshman representative in an interview. "I'm watching. I'm not saying I would never run, but at this time, I'm watching."

She noted that "No. 1, there's not been a resignation, there's not anything that's been announced. And we all know a day in politics is as a thousands years. It's almost biblical."

"I'm getting a lot of calls of people," Smith said.