Brooks running for House GOP caucus chair

State Rep. Kevin Brooks of Cleveland tells Nashville Post Politics that he’s running to become House Republican Caucus chairman, anticipating the man currently holding that office — Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin — will instead run for House majority leader.

“Glen and I have had multiple positive conversations,” Brooks said about his decision to announce his leadership bid during tonight’s House Republican Caucus fundraiser at the Hermitage Hotel. “It’s my understanding that Glenn wants to run [for Leader] … and tonight has been an very important evening — I feel like everyone I talked to offered me their support.”

Since last week’s announcement from McCormick that he wouldn’t seek the leadership role again, a number of legislators have stated or implied they want his job, the second highest ranking position behind House Speaker Beth Harwell. Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) told the caucus that she had already been planning to challenge McCormick, and Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) posted on Facebook that he was “prayerfully” considering running. Brooks also expressed an interest, along with Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and, of course Casada, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House.

According to Brooks, Casada is running for Leader. According to Casada’s staff Monday night, the legislator isn’t thinking past Election Day.

…”I think Glen and I will be a great team, should leadership allow us to serve together,” Brooks said. “He recruited me to run for office in 2006, and it’s a great feeling to think about serving with him now, together.”

Brooks may be the first name in the running for the caucus leadership, but he doesn’t expect to be the last.

“I would be surprised if no one else jumps in the race,” Brooks said.