Sheriff Blasts Cocaine Congressman Trey Radel: "He Doesn't Even Qualify to Drive a School Bus"

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After getting busted for cocaine possession and doing a stint at an outpatient rehab facility, Southwest Florida congressman Trey Radel is back to work on Capitol Hill as if nothing happened.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, a well-known and often outspoken Republican figure in Radel's district, however, isn't about to let voters forget the incident. Today, he wrote a scathing Facebook message, on his department's official page no less, pointing out Radel isn't even qualified to drive a school bus and proclaiming he'll work tirelessly to ensure Radel does not win re-election.

"While Radel returned to his Congressional office following a microwave stint in rehab and a gaggle of rehearsed apologies, I have hundreds of inmates in our jail that are unable to return to their home due to similar or lesser drug offenses," he writes.

Let's pause for a moment to reflect on the fact that a Republican is lamenting the widespread discrepancies in our criminal justice system, especially when it comes to drug sentencing.

"The sad reality is that Trey Radel does not even qualify to drive a Lee County school bus at this point, yet he occupies a seat in Congress," the sheriff continues. "I have fired Deputies for less, and the brave military personnel potentially affected by a Radel vote would be dishonorably discharged had they done what he did. Surely nobody believes that Trey Radel is the very best that Southwest Florida has to represent us.

"The depth of his deceit seems bottomless as he expects us to believe that the political cycle just around the corner is the furthest thing from his mind. Then why go through with that fundraiser?" Scott continues, referring to a fundraiser in a ritzy Naples community he attended just days after news of Radel's arrest broke. "Why contact candidate rehabilitation experts during his brief time in rehab? Why not do the honorable thing and step down? The answers are clear to me. Trey Radel hopes the bar and standard in our country has been lowered to the point that he can limbo back into office despite his inexcusable conduct."

Scott has been mentioned as a possible Republican primary challenger to Radel, but the sheriff took the opportunity to announce he's not interested but would be "a staunch advocate for [Radel's] political replacement."

Scott is no stranger to speaking his mind. He last made national headlines for penning a racially tinged letter to the president of Florida Gulf Coast University after students at the school booked critically acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar and Ludacris to perform on campus. He also once spurred John McCain's camp to issue a rebuke during the 2008 presidential race after a speech Scott gave at a rally in Lee County in which he referred to Barack Obama by using his middle name, Hussein.

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Drug Test Elected Officials and Politicians

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.”

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