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Wed May 8, 2019, 04:08 AM

8. Tennessee GOP speaker faces calls to resign

Tuesday, May 7th 2019, 5:51 PM EDT
By Eli Watkins and Pamela Kirkland, CNN

Tennessee GOP state House Speaker Glen Casada faced calls on Tuesday to step down after his chief of staff resigned following reports that the top aide had made racist comments, sent sexually explicit messages to interns and allegedly tried to frame an activist.

Cade Cothren, Casada's former chief of staff, resigned Monday, Tennessee House GOP spokesman Doug Kufner confirmed to CNN. On Tuesday, top Democrats in the state called for the speaker to step down as well.

Casada stood by Cothren throughout many of the revelations, initially disputing reports that he and Cothren later acknowledged were partly true and vouching for his aide's character even as pressure mounted. In a radio interview on Tuesday, Casada continued to vouch for Cothren's character as he confirmed the chief of staff had resigned ...

A series of reports about Cothren's conduct have surfaced in Tennessee in recent days, including mention of a text he sent where he said "black people are idiots" and another where he used the N-word. The text messages were revealed in an investigative report last week from local news outlet WTVF ...

https://www.abc-7.com/story/40433583/tennessee-gop-speaker-faces-calls-to-resign-after-top-aide-steps-down-amid-scandal

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