Enough is Enough TN Launches Nashville Billboard Demanding Resignation of Speaker Glen Casada for Protecting Abusers in the State House.
“Tennessee women are sick and tired of sexual misconduct in the legislature. Casada and Byrd must go.”
May 20, 2019
Contact: Emily Tseffos | info@enoughisenough | 920-850-3010
[Nashville, TN] - Enough is Enough Tennessee has purchased a billboard on I-65 demanding that Speaker Glen Casada resign for shielding abusers, including State Rep. David Byrd, in the Tennessee Capitol. Three different women say Byrd sexually molested them as children when he was their teacher, but Casada has attacked the victims and continued to support Byrd.
The illuminated digital billboard is 40 feet wide and features pictures of Speaker Casada, his former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, State Representative David Byrd, and former State Representative Jeremy Durham and reads: “SPEAKER GLEN CASADA PROTECTS ABUSERS. TN GOP DO THE RIGHT THING! GLEN CASADA AND DAVID BYRD MUST GO.”
Casada has protected Byrd, running ads that falsely labeled Byrd’s victims as liars and then promoting Byrd to chair an education subcommittee -- a decision he was forced to rescind after Enough is Enough led weeks of protest against Byrd in the Statehouse.
Said Enough is Enough TN leader Emily Tseffos, “Tennessee women are fed up with sexual misconduct in our government. Glen Casada should be ashamed of attacking David Byrd’s victims, and for protecting other abusers. Casada and Byrd should both resign or be expelled like Durham.”
In addition to Byrd, the billboard features two other men accused of sexual misconduct who have been shielded by Casada: Casada’s former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren and disgraced former State. Rep. Jeremy Durham, who was expelled in 2016 from the legislature for sexually harassing more than 20 women. Casada was a vocal supporter,and defender of all three men even after the allegations of abuse came to light.
Most recently, Casada defended his Chief of Staff Cade Cothren even after Cothren’s misconduct was reported by the press. On May 6, Cothren resigned after text conversations were leaked in which he solicited sexual acts from interns, lobbyists, and staffers, admitted to consuming cocaine in the State House, and used racist language, in addition to allegations that he forged emails to have the bail of student protestor revoked, a matter that is now under investigation by a special prosecutor. Casada participated in some of the lewd text conversations with Cothren, including one in which he discussed whether young women in a video dancing in Cothren’s apartment had reached the age of consent.
The billboard is a part of Enough is Enough TN’s campaign to hold elected representatives accountable at the state level for sexual misconduct.
WHAT: Nashville Billboard Demanding that Speaker Glen Casada Resign For Protecting Alleged Sexual Abusers in the State House.
WHO: Enough is Enough TN
WHERE: I-65 North heading into Downtown, Nashville. Located just before I-65 intersects with I-40
WHEN: May 20, 2019