MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on the latest TN House Speaker news.
Now that state House Republicans have their next leader, the hope, as far as they’re concerned, is to move past the most scandalous moment in the legislature since Tennessee Waltz.
GOP House members on Wednesday selected Crossville representative Cameron Sexton to be the next speaker, replacing Glen Casada who is scheduled to step down next week. Sexton will officially become speaker during a special legislative session in late August.
But if House Republicans think Sexton’s appointment will put the scandal to rest, they had better think again. Casada remains under intense scrutiny, including possible outside criminal investigations into highly questionable practices during his seven months in the speaker’s job.
Casada’s involvement in a sexist and racist texting scandal with his former chief of staff is just one of his problems. There are also allegations that he offered improper incentives to at least three GOP lawmakers in exchange for their vote on this year’s school voucher bill. Those incentives involved promises of funding for pet projects in the districts of two lawmakers, and a promotion to General in the Tennessee National Guard for a third legislator.
Despite denials by Casada of any wrongdoing, these allegations are serous to say the least and must be thoroughly investigated. As long as Casada remains in office, Republicans cannot simply move on. In other words, this scandal will likely be with us for months to come. And that’s my point of view.