House Speaker’s Staffer Harassed Interns, Admits to Racist Text Messages

House Speaker Glen Casada’s Chief of Staff, Cade Cothren, admitted today to sending racist messages and doing drugs in his legislative office, while reports uncovered messages Cothren had sent soliciting sex from interns and lobbiysts. The Tennessean reports that on some occasions, Casada participated in sexually charged messages objectifying women. Cothren was previously found to have sent messages calling black people “idiots” and the n-word, which today Cothren attributed to a drug problem that saw him using cocaine from his office.
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