Leaked Texts Show TN House Speaker Casada Joking About Age Of Consent

May 14, 2019 11:51 a.m.

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R) promised his caucus last week that “there’s nothing else to come out” after a heap of racist and sexist text messages ended the political career of his chief of staff, Cade Cothren.

However, per local station News Channel 5, more texts leaked Monday night showing that Cothren sent Casada a video of women dancing in his apartment.

“R they 21?” Casada asked.

“It only takes 18,” Cothren responded with a winking emoji.

“Lol!!! And true!” Casada said.

Cothren had also sent texts in conversations without Casada that captured his drug use on government property, putting the nail in his political coffin.

Casada has been trying to claw himself out of the mountain of scandal, and told reporters that “if two texts run someone out of office, then there is no one qualified.”

He called his remarks about women “locker room talk” and has insisted that he maintains the confidence of his caucus.

Read TPM’s deep dive into the scandal here.

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