On Tuesday, embattled, scandal-ridden Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada finally announced he will be resigning from the legislature, an announcement that was expected after his own caucus issued a vote of no confidence in him.
There’s just one catch: Casada has announced that he will be resigning in August — 72 days from now. Which means he stands to collect nearly $15,000 in taxpayer-funded salary even after having resigned in disgrace:
#BREAKING – Glen Casada officially announces he will resign of August 2nd. That is a full 73 days from the day he announced his intent to resign. He will earn an additional $14,600 of taxpayer money in the meantime …
— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) June 4, 2019
Casada has been surrounded by a dark cloud ever since a series of texts emerged showing his top aide Cade Cothren using the N-word, admitting to snorting cocaine in the state capital, and bragging about his sexual conquests at campaign-funded functions. Casada originally tried to pass it off as a liberal hit job, but the text messages shortly showed him talking openly with Cothren about some of this behavior, including joking with him about his sexual stamina.