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VOL. 43 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 22, 2019

Tennessee Republican defends accused lawmaker appointment

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Tennessee Republican has gone on the defensive after detailing what he would do if he were sexually assaulted as he fielded questions on appointing a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct to oversee an education committee.

A video recording released this week showed House Speaker Glen Casada saying that if he were raped, he would move and "hell would have no fury."

Casada has since clarified he did not mean physically moving his home, but instead he would take other actions.

The comments have sparked criticism from sexual assault victim advocates, who have called for Casada to remove Republican Rep. David Byrd from chairing an education panel.

Byrd has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct when he was their high school basketball coach nearly three decades ago.

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