House Speaker Casada reportedly resigns from pharmaceutical company

House speaker under fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is under fire once again.

This time by fellow Republican Representative Mike Carter, who said he was given information earlier this week that didn't line up with the public record about Casada.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Carter was presented with an ethics report requested by Casada and it found no ethical violations.

However, Carter noted those findings were not attributed to any member of the ethics committee.

When presented with those findings during a meeting, Carter said they showed a "heart for misrepresentation and political maneuvering."

Carter is now joining almost a dozen other Republicans calling for Casada to resign.

WMC Political Analyst Michael Nelson says the weight is heavy on Casada's leadership.

"If you're the leader of your party isn't following you then it what sense are you a leader anymore,” said Michael Nelson, WMC political analyst.

Casada has been the center of several growing scandals, involving lewd text messages he sent about women.

According to the Tennessean on Friday, Casada resigned from his job selling pharmaceuticals for Merck & Co.

Casada's director of legislation confirms the speaker left the company this month.

"He seems to be thinking, 'I'm going to be able to hang on as speaker and I just don't know that that's politically possible,” said Nelson.

Come Monday, House Republicans will meet to discuss Casada's controversies.

"He may have no choice come Monday if not before then to step down as speaker and maybe even resign from the House entirely,” said Nelson.

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