Cocaine Congressman Trey Radel Refuses to Resign After Rehab Stint, Which Seems About Right

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For Trey Radel, anything must seem possible. He's already performed the insane mental gymnastics required to re-imagine Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" as a conservative anthem. And he was able to withstand the cognitive dissonance that must come from being a narcotics abuser and alcoholic who insists that food stamps recipients undergo drug tests. So perhaps it's not surprising that the congressman refused to resign yesterday in a press conference held just after he was released from treatment.

Despite pleas from fellow Florida Republicans, the freshman politician declined to step down from his post, saying he wants to focus on rebuilding his constituents' trust.

Just in case anyone forgot how the "cocaine congressman" got his name: On October 29th, the 37-year-old Radel purchased 3.5 grams of coke from an undercover D.C officer. On November 20th, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession charge, and the next day he began a month-long stay in Hazelden, a Naples rehab center.

See also: Trey Radel, Cocaine-Buyin' Congressman, Is Florida's Answer to Crack-Smokin' Rob Ford

Radel claimed he'd only used the drug a few times since college, although it's hard to imagine that anyone could come up with this confused screed while operating with a sober mind. In his press release yesterday evening, Radel said that he believes politicians should be drug tested in the future. He simultaneously claimed that his drug abuse had no effect on his job, and was only something he did on his personal time -- presumably while "hearting" such Buzzfeed classics as "Ronald Reagan's 31 Most YOLO Moments" and "Which Congressman is Batman?"

(Also check out this gem of a press release about Radel knocking back a cold one, writing a Skymall listicle and "winning the Internet.")

But even if Radel's constituents in Naples and Fort Myers decide to turn a blind eye to the politician's past, that doesn't mean everything will be smooth sailing from here on out. The House Ethics Committee has launched a formal investigation into Radel's past, and if they don't like what they find there, they may force him to resign as opposed to strongly suggesting that he do so.

See also: Florida Rep. Trey Radel Thinks Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" Is a Conservative Anthem

Not to mention, the odds are kind of against the guy. Although a relapse rate for addicts is difficult to pin down, some researchers estimate it can be as high as 80 percent, and that it's not reasonable to expect lifelong abstinence after their first treatment experience. At the very best, mixing new sobriety with the high stresses of the political world, might go as well for Radel as it did for Peter Russo in the acclaimed Netflix series "House of Cards." (Spoiler: It did not go well for Peter Russo in the acclaimed Netflix series "House of Cards.")

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25 comments
Jim Hord
Jim Hord

Supporting a junkie for public office is idiotic.

drakemallard.
drakemallard.



give it another decade and people will think idiocracy is a documentary rather than a sci-fi satire.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they're not on drugs.
Drug Test Elected Officials and Politicians.He hypocrisy of the GOP never ceases to amaze!

We the undersigned Citizens of the United States of America, believe it must be manditory for our elected representatives to be of clear mind and sound body, therefore we support action requiring all elected public officials of municipal, county, state or federal office to submit to regular and random supervised drug testing, and that those results be made public and published on a monthly basis in the most accessable manner to the greatest number of people.

Further, that refusal or failure to submit to any drug test automaticly suspends without compensation or pay anyone, from the duties of that office to which they are elected, until that test is properly conducted, and that any subsequent refusal or failure by the same official, automaticly removes said official from elected office permanently, without compensation or pay, and new elections shall be held for that office as soon as logisticly possible, while temporarily an appointee may be allowed to fill that vacated seat.
That Appointee shall be bound by this law to submit to regular and random drug testing, with all penalties enforced as well.

Further, that prior to submission of filings for intent to run for public office, submission to supervised drug testing shall occur, and failure to do so shall be grounds for rejection of any filings for intent.They should also be subject to test on demand by the leaders of the house or senate or the President or VP.They should also have to pass a breathalyzer before entering a government building where the peoples business is conducted.It could be argued, they are operating one of the largest machines on the planet, they are responsible for millions of lives with their actions. We should at least expect them show up for work sober.”



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Any Negro in Florida caught with the same amount of coke would be sent directly to prison, and saddled with a lifetime Felony conviction.



Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

Drug Test congress weekly! They live off of our tax money!

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

Introduce a bill to randomly drug test the house and senate.

John GiddyUp Bunch
John GiddyUp Bunch

Radel is a disgrace. While his wife and child were in SW FL, he was hitting the streets of DC buying cocaine AND then proposed drug testing for the unemployed and those on welfare. A hypocrite with no honor.

Camilo Antonio Layne
Camilo Antonio Layne

That junkie needs to resign ...find another job, please. Republican hypocrites ...

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

Party like a congressman blow teenage hookers scotch older than said hookers money power ,, why else would anybody go into polotics

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

It's just a little blow... He should be forced to Lobby to legalize recreational drugs instead

tbak105secure
tbak105secure

He's just the one that got caught.  All politicians are self serving criminals.  

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

He should be expelled, with no retirement package, into the state unemployment system and, if he stresses the issue, executed!!

Ace Greene
Ace Greene

He just LOOKS like a politician, doesn't he?!?!?! Look at that shit-eating face. LOL.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Amazing that we're even debating this. Anthony Weiner was basically forced to resign for 'sexting' - that while it might be kinda grimy for a congressman to do, certainly wasn't illegal at all. Meanwhile, buying cocaine repeatedly is a felony in most states and patently against the law any way you slice it. Of course he should resign.

Stephon Kline
Stephon Kline

If he chooses, yes. He broke the law yet should also represent lawmakers?

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