May 6, 2019 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini issued the following statement in regards to a new report that Tennessee House Speaker and his Chief-of-Staff shared sexually explicit text messages about interns and coworkers in addition to racist text messages:
“These findings are repulsive to a degree that transcends political party. It’s clear that Casada does not have the moral character needed to serve the people of Tennessee in any government role whatsoever.
“Every elected official, but especially those in leadership, represent all Tennesseans regardless of who you are, what you look like, or where you live, and they have a duty to speak out against racism and misogyny wherever it rests it’s disgusting head.
“All Democratic and Republican leaders should be united in calling for Casada to step down immediately and stop embarrassing the State of Tennessee.”