Gov. Lee: ‘No tolerance for lack of integrity among elected officials’

Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 1:36 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said people should trust those they vote into office, following the federal prosecution of two state elected officials.

Tennessee State Representative Glen Casada of Franklin and his Chief of Staff, Cade Cothren of Nashville, were arrested Tuesday on bribery and kickback conspiracy charges.

Casada and Cade are charged with conspiracy to commit theft from programs receiving federal funds and bribery and kickbacks concerning federal funds. They are also facing wire fraud and money laundering charges.

During a forum in Memphis on Wednesday morning, Gov. Lee responded to the arrest.

“It’s really important that the people trust elected officials that are public servants. It’s really important that they do that. And when there’s a breach of that trust, it’s more than unfortunate. It should not happen in our state.”

If convicted, Casada and Cothren could face up to 20 years in prison each.

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