Allegations surface regarding attempted bribery dealing with Tennessee school voucher bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is denying allegations someone from his office took part in an attempted bribery to pass the school voucher bill.

It centers around a report regarding embattled outgoing House Speaker Glen Casada who’s about to step down amid several scandals including misuse of funds and lewd and racist texts.

Now he’s fighting back against claims he tried to bribe house members to pass Governor Lee’s controversial voucher bill. Suspicions grew when Casada kept the vote open for nearly 40 minutes, reportedly to twist some arms and get the bill passed.

The latest accusation comes from democratic rep. John Mark Windle of Livingston. He told Nashville tv station WTVF that Casada said he’d get promoted from colonel to general in the Army National Guard if he flipped his no vote to yes, but Windle refused.

The WTVF report also states a member of Governor Lee’s administration was present during that conversation. In fact, it says Windle was put on the phone to talk to the governor at least twice. Governor Lee’s office stopped short of a full denial saying no one from his team is “aware of a conversation to that effect.”

Casada has taken down a post on his Facebook page yesterday denying a quid pro quo on the voucher bill or others. Now facing an audit, Casada’s posted a link to check his campaign finances. That link shows his PAC has more than half a million dollars, which he’s used to donate to other candidates.

Casada is set to resign as speaker August 2. House republicans are supposed to nominate his replacement Wednesday.

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