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Protesters gather at Tennessee Capitol, demand Casada’s resignation

Posted: 12:25 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-21 00:37:44Z
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A grassroots organization took their message to the next level by holding a rally at the Tennessee Capitol. "Enough is Enough" wants House Speaker Glen Casada to resign amid a text message scandal first exposed by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

The organization has also purchased a billboard near downtown urging Tennessee Republicans to force Casada to resign.

They also held a rally on the steps of the Capitol, where constituents from Casada’s district called on state Republicans to vote him out as House Speaker at this afternoon’s caucus meeting. Caucus members returned a vote of no confidence during the meeting.

But according to Rep. Will Lamberth, Casada told caucus members he would not resign and would work to restore members' confidence in him.

This comes after multiple racist and sexual texts surfaced between Casada and his former chief of staff, Cade Cothren. In one exchange, Cothren sent Casada a video of two young women dancing in his apartment.

This isn't the first time Enough is Enough has made calls to the House Speaker. About a month ago, the group held protests and sit-ins calling for Rep. David Byrd’s resignation amid allegations he sexually assaulted women he used to coach in high school basketball decades ago.

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