House Speaker Casada expected to return from European vacation on Monday

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Posted at 7:24 AM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 08:43:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada should be back to work Monday after a vacation in Europe.

Casada previously said he would resign after this trip and gave a timeline before he jetted off across the pond. The speaker said he would meet with Caucus leadership on June 3 to determine the best date for him to resign.

The Williamson County Republican was delivered a 45-24 vote of no-confidence by the Caucus shortly before he left for Europe.

Two weeks before, a text messaging scandal was uncovered by NewsChannel5 Investigates that included multiple racist and sexual texts between Casada and his former chief of staff, Cade Cothren.

After that, caucus members demanded action and for the speaker to take responsibility. He initially denied the messages but NewsChannel 5 obtained a secret recording that showed Casada knew they were authentic and had lied.

Many lawmakers requested the resignation of Speaker Casada, including Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, the House Democratic Caucus and the legislature's Black Caucus.

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