House Speaker Names New Chief of Staff After Cothren Resigns

House Speaker Glen Casada's Chief of Staff Cade Cothren, who was at the center of multiple scandals over the past week, resigned yesterday, prompting Casada to name former Chief of Staff to Beth Harwell, Scott Gilmer, to take over his old position. The Tennessean reports that Cothren stepped down after reports surfaced of his drug abuse and inappropriate sexual conduct at the Capitol. Previously he was accused of sending racist text messages and submitting incorrect information to authorities regarding the arrest of a black activist. Gilmer comes not without baggage of his own - in 2009 he pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge that he created a fake political website using the name of former state Rep. Nathan Vaughn.
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