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As House Speaker, Glen Casada Says He'll Pursue Sexual Misconduct Allegations With Caution

Jan 8, 2019

One of the roles of presumed House Speaker Glen Casada will be to conduct investigations when a member is accused of wrongdoing.

Outgoing speaker Beth Harwell asked legislators to step down three times in the last three years. But Casada said he'll be more cautious in the role.

Casada recognizes this is something he'll likely have to deal with as the top leader of the House.

“There are allegations made all the time and in our political environment," Casada said. "False allegations are made with the hope that a leader would cave and take an allegation over truth.”

Casada himself was accused of an affair in 2016, but he denied the allegations. He says he believes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

In fact, he supported Representative David Byrd during his re-election. Byrd was accused of sexual misconduct with girls in the 80s and was asked to step down by Beth Harwell.

Casada says he’d only ask a lawmaker to resign if there is “Empirical evidence of violation or of course breaking the civil or criminal law, of course.” 

He says that, if allegations are made against a House member, he’ll follow the same protocol used by Harwell, which includes an internal investigation.