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TN Dems Call for House Speaker To Resign Over Racist, Sexually Explicit Texts


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Posted 07 May 2019 - 04:30 PM

WTF is WRONG with this idiot?

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The Democratic caucus in the Tennessee House is calling for Speaker Glen Casada ® to resign or be removed following the explosive revelations of texts between him and his ex-chief of staff Cade Cothren who stepped down under the weight of the scandals on Monday night.

“Casada’s chief of staff Cade Cothren resigned yesterday after recent media reports that he used illegal drugs in the legislative building, solicited oral sex from an intern in a text message and also sent racist and sexist texts to others, including the Speaker,” they wrote in a statement. “It is now clear that Speaker Casada participated in numerous acts that make his continued service as Speaker untenable.”

Texts first given to Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 reveal exchanges between the two including lecherous messages about women and the sharing of a racist meme.

But, as Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart told TPM, Tennessee has a Republican super majority in both chambers and a Republican governor, leaving it up to the party to decide if they want to oust their own member.

“The Republicans have to decide if this is the kind of leadership they want to represent them,” he said.

“I hear that there are many more texts and documents, much more to be revealed,” he added. “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Casada maintained Tuesday morning that he would not resign, insisting that he enjoys “overwhelming” support from his caucus. In a familiar turn, he dismissed his explicit texts as “locker room talk.”

Got that? Soliciting oral sex from an intern is just "locker room talk." Too bad Bill Clinton didn't know that term back in the day. It would have made everything go away, right?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 10:40 AM

The stench continues to rise, not that most Republicans care because their shit don't stink.

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Embattled Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada ( R) was caught on a recorded phone call yelling at an unnamed associate for leaking racist and sexist text messages sent by his now-ex chief of staff to the media.

“You haven’t released any personal text messages Cade would have sent you, have you?” he asked the associate — whose name Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 withheld — referring to his former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren. “It sounds like you might have…. I hate that you did that.”

Just a day after the recorded call, Casada took to the airwaves to question the authenticity of the texts, especially as it became clear that he participated in some of the conversations.

“In this environment that we live in — because we as conservatives are winning the intellectual battle — I’m convinced that some liberal guy living with his mom and dad in their basement created this to frame my chief of staff,” Casada said on local radio station WWTN.

He changed his tune Monday when Cothren admitted that he sent at least some of the messages, which exposed his drug use in government buildings along with his sexual harassment of interns and offhand racist comments.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 03:17 PM

The stench of the story about the TN House Speaker keeps rising. At this point it's actually devolved into total parody.

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The Republican House Speaker scandal in Tennessee has been making news for several weeks as disgusting text messages and social media exposed a staffer and his boss.

The story began when an activist was arrested for violating an order of no communication to the Speaker. It turned out that the Speaker’s chief of staff fraudulently doctored the communication. It was at that moment the house of cards came tumbling down.

Speaker Glen Casada exchanged a series of racist text messages with staffer Cade Cothren and then tried to claim that he had obviously been “framed by liberals.” It was something HBO host John Oliver called unbelievable.

“And yet, if you can believe it, which you definitely can, that defense quickly fell apart,” Oliver said Sunday during his special report on Tennessee.

Oliver ran a video of a local news report showing that Cothren had taken a selfie at 2:15 a.m. talking about how stoned he was.

“Tripping balls out of my mind at 2:15,” said Cothren. “Craziest experience of my entire life. Acid, cocaine, weed.”

During a trip to the Dominican Republican, Cothren also texted that he “just did a gram of cocaine in my office.” The local news report noted that it was sent at 10:38 a.m. “on a work day.”

“OK, OK, OK, the emphasis on what time of day these occurred is a bit weird there,” Oliver said. “It seems to suggest that the main issue here was scheduling. Would noon have been a more appropriate time to blow a ‘g’ of ‘yayo’ off of tax-payer funded furniture? If Cothren had waited until the dead of night and snuck back into the empty office building and then took a ski trip to Mt. Booger-Sugar, that would have been better, would it?”

That isn’t the worst part, however. The scandal takes a disgusting turn when a $180 bar bill for a chicken restaurant named “Party Foul” was charged on the campaign’s PAC account. According to the local report, Cothren texted his family values-focused boss to boast that he had just had sex with a woman in the bathroom.

“I knew it!” Casada replied back. “But [wait] u were only gone for 60 seconds? R u a minute man??? ;)

“Like father like son,” Cothren texted back.

“Lololol! If I’m happy, then all is good!!!!!!!”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 03:45 PM

At least they sure know how to have fun. A gram by 10:38? Must have been pretty poor stuff. Takes a while to ingest that much.
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