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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trey Radel

U.S. Representative Trey Radel (R-FL) was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday, Politico reports. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

According to the charging document, he was arrested on October 29. He faces a maximum penalty of 180 days in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

In a statement released by his office, Radel apologized for his actions — but gave no indication of whether he plans to resign from office.

“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida,” Radel said. “I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

“Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” he added. “However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Radel, a former television reporter, was elected with Tea Party support in 2012 to fill the seat that Connie Mack IV vacated in an unsuccessful Senate race. He frequently references his “conservative values,” and is perhaps best known for lobbying Republican leadership to allow himself and his fellow House freshmen to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, “even if it’s just symbolic.”

In a statement, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declined to speculate on Radel’s future in the caucus.

“Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts,” he said. “Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”

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  • Budjob

    Let’s have a values fest all you conservative values freaks, and right wing Christian screwballs!! Values,values values.What a lot of bullshit,laced with hypocritical phony nutcases.If any of you have anything to say countering this outburst,GO FUCK YOURSELVES!!!!

  • iamproteus

    It always amuses me that once they have been caught, they always have a sudden attack of remorse and enlightenment. I know I’ve done wrong but I now see the error of my ways. I will fight this disease. I will struggle against the odds. Be my side as I fight the noble fight! Are you with me??!! Let’s do this thing! Yea for us!

    • CPAinNewYork

      Throw the bum in jail.

  • Independent1

    Although both parties have had their share of corrupt, devious and somewhat weird people that voters allow to become politicians, it seems to me that over the past few years at least, the GOP has predominated in having more of these corrupt, devious and weird people in its ranks.

    For example, the married Governor of NC who claimed to be hiking the Appalachian Trail while he was really down in South America spending time with his mistress. And the Republican legislator from Idaho I believe, who was caught trying to solicit sex in the an airport’s Men’s bathroom a couple years back. And it’s like there have been so many more Republicans caught doing weird things that I’ve just lost track.

    Or, is it just me that seems the Republicans have really dominated the weirdos lately??

    Or, have there been just as many Democrats been just as bad?? I can think of one Democrat that’s made the list – Andy Weiner. More??

    • TZToronto

      In Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford is . . . a right-winger, of course.

    • Vernon Sukumu

      The Dems had as many, Bob Filner in San Diego, Mcgrevy in New Jersey, Spitzer in New York, Weiner in New York, Jefferson of La. The difference however, are they were force out or In Jefferson case voted out of office by the left. Repub. Sen. From Idaho,served out his term, the right wing rep from Fl. the right wing anti-gay mayor of Spokane who was himself gay didn’t go quietly. The Appalachian trail gov is now in the house rep. Like gov Spitzer of N Y sen (family values) Vitter of La also got caught with prostitutes, but sen Vitter was return to Washington for six more yrs. THE RIGHT WINGERS ALWAYS STAND THEIR GROUND

      • Independent1

        Thanks for the reminders. You made a point I forgot to make in my 1st post – the Governor of NC, not only proved himself to be an adulterer, he proved himself to be totally untrustworthy by blatantly lying about where he would be just to be able to spend time with his mistress in SA. Yet after proving both of those, the supposedly family values voters of North Carolina, returned this absolutely untrustworthy person to Congress!! To me, totally unbelieveable that voters can be so clueless!! But then again, when people from the same state, stood to their feet and cheered when Newt Gingrinch made the comment during the GOP presidential debates in 2012 that “You know what we do to our enemies?? We kill them!!”
        If anyone needs pure evidence of the total hypocracy of Republicans, and can’t see if from these examples and some of the examples you gave, they’re either totally lying to themselves about their own values, their totally blind, or just plaine LIARS THEMSELVES!!!

        • Vernon Sukumu

          Thank you for your post.

    • rkief

      Generally, I believe you’re right – but how about Bubba?

    • jointerjohn

      Repressive philosophies and religions breed aberrant behavior. From pedophilic priests to Jimmy Swaggart hiring prostitutes to strip for him while choked his chicken, the establishment of taboos often creates the behavior least desired.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    I bet if he was a Democrat, Faux News would have his name plastered all over it demanding his resignation. As Radel is a Republican, they probably believe he should be allowed to enter a rehab program then to return to Congress. Just like Rush Limbaugh lambasted Jerry Garcia as a drug user before his own addiction problems surfaced.

  • Socialism is Organized Evil

    Regardless of attempts to confuse legitimate government functions with “socialism”, it is important to remember that they are not the same.

    • Vernon Sukumu

      I remember those socialist they were the one who bought and sold my fore parent into slavery. I bet my great great great, grandfather was own by Marks or Engels, maybe Linen. Its what those socialist bastard did to the (Washington redskin) I’am sorry I mean Indian, put them on Socialize reservation, where they had to do and share everything EVIL, EVIL, EVIL. STAND YOUR GROUND RIGHT WINGER.

      • stcroixcarp

        The examples of slavery and native American genocide and ethnic cleansing are examples of how white privilege and racism combined to destroy the lives of black and brown people all over the world. Socialism, capitalism, communism, these are all heads of the same poisonous snake!

        • ThomasBonsell

          Are you sure you want to include socialism with those other two?

          Socialism has a long and successful history of good government. An example: American Indian tribes practices socialism in which all assets of the tribe were held in common ownership by all members of the tribe. That is socialism; socialism is not what right-wingers whine about today.

          The men and older boys hunted as a team, dressed the kill together. The women picked fruits and vegetables together and prepared meals. Homes were built by all for a family and that family would help build for others.

          There was little crime, because why steal from your neighbor when you already had the same as he had. There was no poverty, but no wealth either. The most serious crime might be fighting over the prettiest girl in the tribe.

          That system worked perfectly well for the Indians for thousands of years. Its only drawback was the lack of innovation, Why develop a new “machine” if it benefitted everyone else as much as it benefitted the inventor? When the Eiuropeans came to the Western Hemisphere they found the Indians hadn’t yet invented the wheel.

      • Allan Richardson

        Vernon, if you were satirizing the low information right wing voter, you did a masterful job. If you really ARE a LIRWV, please reread your 5th grade history books, and your spelling and “grammer” books: socialism had not been INVENTED when private capitalist businessmen started the slave trade. Seriously, great satire!

        • Vernon Sukumu

          Slavery from west Africa where my fore bearer likely came from began in the early sixteen century.Karl Marxs was born in the early nineteen century. About the spelling and grammar I’am 74 been out of college a long time and don’t write much, but I did spell grammar correct, THANK YOU FOR KIND COMMENTS.

          • CPAinNewYork

            You are a poster baby for illiteracy.
            First, “fore bears” is incorrect. Use “ancestors.”
            Second: It’s Marx, not Marxs.
            I’m 75, been out of college a long time, too, but I haven’t forgotten English.

          • Vernon Sukumu

            Let see if you can figure this out F—- U

          • CPAinNewYork

            Hi vernon:

            Good news. I figured it out. It’s not F—-U. It’s Va vangula.

  • midway54

    Just another hypocritical scoundrel in the huge gallery of right wing lunatics adored by the crazed yahoo, redneck teabaggers around the Country

  • howa4x

    Another holier than thou republican bites the dust. He joins a long list of people who championed family values while spending time with prostitutes and gay lovers. Republicans have a lock em up attitude when it comes to drugs and I’m sure this rascal made a few speeches about that sort of thing. Maybe he will wake up and realize that treatment shouldn’t only be for him, but for the thousands that are incarcerated for the same offence. Otherwise he will just be another republican hypocrite in congress.

    • stcroixcarp

      I wonder what would have happened to a young black man with an equal amount of crack. Would he face just 180 days in jail? Would he get taxpayer funded treatment for his addiction and then be allowed back on his job?

      • howa4x

        No wonder young black men are arrested disproportionally to any other group in the country

      • yeehaw

        @stcroixcarp:disqus…It’s really sad that in almost all cases that involve an African American caught with drugs the outcome is totally and completely different. Usually the charge is a felony and their is no taxpayer help for rehabilitation. They will be lucky not to get the Maximum amount of time the laws have been rigged to give them. Of course their record will be stained for the rest of their life and any chance for redemption would be greatly reduced!!!

  • Landsende

    Another teapublican hypocrite. Radel voted for drug testing for welfare recipients to make sure they weren’t using taxpayer dollars to buy drugs. Seems like members of Congress should be held to the same standard and be drug tested to make sure their salaries aren’t being used to buy drugs like Radel. Shouldn’t he have to give up his taxpayer funded salary? Wonder how many other members of Congress have a drug or alcohol problem? Boehner?

    • stcroixcarp

      Not to mention his tax payer funded health insurance!

    • yeehaw

      @Landsende:disqus….Can you imagine voting to drug test welfare recipients while engaging in drug use and activity at the same time? I thought these people couldn’t shock me anymore but I stand corrected!

      • Independent1

        The hypocrisy of Republicans never ceases to amaze!!

  • SaneJane

    Wonder if this will change his stance on drug testing welfare recipents?

    • Allan Richardson

      Probably not, but it does raise the issue of why welfare recipients are drug tested but not elected officials. Oh, of course. Welfare recipients are not in charge of making the laws.

    • CPAinNewYork


  • jointerjohn

    To these right-wingers it is sin when other people do it but when they get caught it becomes a “disease”. This is another example of how their entire view of life is a constant string of double-standards. This man wanted to keep millions of Americans from having access to health care but now that he has the “disease” of alcoholism he wants a nice warm clinic. I sense there are many of them in public life who don’t actually believe anything at all. While there are progressives who also do improper things, I think there are more on the left who honestly believe in something. I have suspected for years that Rush Limbaugh cares absolutely nothing about political philosophy, zip, zero. He’s just playing for the paycheck.

  • ThomasBonsell

    We should be protesting his possible punishment as unfair and totally unjustified.

    If he were a young black male with a record of one prior criminal offense he might wind up in prison for life, but since he is a white right-winger he gets off easy with a figurative slap on the wrist.

    He already has two “criminal” offenses on his record; one being a Tea Party fool, the other being a Republican politician.

  • mandinka

    Obama breathed a sigh of relief today when the Dept of Homeland Security advised him that he won’t have to go thru any checks boarding AF1. There has been reports of them cracking down on dope and he didn’t want to be picked up in a sting

  • DurdyDawg

    The T-pee’rs pomp and bullying didn’t get them what they wanted in politics so they decided to celebrate their disgust by doing something that they threw others in jail for doing.. Go’head, just try to arrest us.. Dont’cha know, we’re ABOVE the law.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Since those who preach from collectivism’s altar constantly conjure up an ever-shifting mirage of utopian illusions, their followers tend to have a difficult time understanding spontaneous events and natural order.

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    What a disgrace. Boehner should call for his immediate resignation.

  • CPAinNewYork

    That hophead Radel won’t serve a day in jail. You’ll see. He’ll get a suspended sentence. Maybe he’ll get a community service sentence, e.g. tending to a marijuana farm in California.

  • [email protected]

    Busted in DC. I bet he’s glad he doesn’t look like Marion Barry.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Although they change over time, social and political notions tend to first diffuse through those who handle abstract ideas professionally.

  • Ekpe

    Mr or madam Dogood, how can you compare the so called Obama case with this one? Are you serious? Moreover, I thought this conservatives are more religious, more holy, more responsible and more straight! Are these not the traits anymore?