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TENNESSEE HOUSE SPEAKER GLEN CASADA ANNOUNCES HIS RESIGNATION

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Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada has announced he is stepping down.

Casada released the following statement: “When I return to town on June 3, I will meet with Caucus leadership to determine the best date for me to resign as Speaker so that I can help facilitate a smooth transition.”

The Franklin Republican had been dogged by calls to resign since it was revealed he exchanged sexually explicit text messages about women with his former chief of staff several years ago. In brushing aside calls to step down, the embattled official has said he has changed, and released an action plan designed to rebuild trust among his peers.

Last night, House Republicans cast a no-confidence vote in Casada.

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