Following a no-confidence delivered by the Republican caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives yesterday, Speaker Glen Casada has announced he will no longer serve as the the lower-chamber’s top legislative officer.
Casada, R-Franklin, issued a statement Tuesday saying he wants to “facilitate a smooth transition” to a new speaker.
Gov. Bill Lee, who said Monday night he’d be willing to call a special session of the House in order to remove the scandal-beset speaker, lauded Casada’s announcement.
“Speaker Casada has made the right decision, and I look forward to working with the legislature to get back to conducting the people’s business and focusing on the issues that matter most to our state,” the Republican governor tweeted.
The Tennessee Senate’s speaker, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, also applauded Casada’s move. McNally had been among those suggesting Casada should step aside in wake of a scandal involving the House speaker’s former chief of staff.
McNally, a Republican from Oak Ridge, wrote on Twitter: “Speaker Casada announcing his intent to resign is the right decision for the legislature, the @TNGOP and the state. I commend him for it. Now we move forward. I am committed to working with leadership in the House to help restore the trust that has been lost in any way I can.”