Embattled Tennessee Speaker to resign in coming weeks

Embattled House Speaker Glen Casada said Tuesday he will resign his leadership position in the coming weeks. 

Casada's announcement comes less than a day after the House GOP caucus approved a resolution with a 45-24 vote stating it had no confidence in his continued leadership.

"When I return to town on June 3rd, I will meet with caucus leadership to determine the best date for me to resign as speaker so that I can facilitate a smooth transition," Casada said in a statement.  

The announcement comes just weeks after a Tennessean investigation found Casada had exchanged sexually charged text messages with Cade Cothren, his former chief of staff, who admitted to using cocaine while working in the legislature's office building.

Cothren also faced scrutiny in media reports for sending racist text messages.

A spokesman for Casada later clarified the Williamson County Republican, who was first elected to the legislature in 2001, will remain in his House seat. 

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