Florida Repub­li­can Party says Radel should re­sign

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

Em­bat­tled Repub­li­can Rep. Trey Radel’s own party asked him Mon­day night to step down from Congress, say­ing the con­gress­man should fo­cus on his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter he ad­mit­ted hav­ing bought and used co­caine.

Mr. Radel said last week he was tak­ing a leave of ab­sence from Congress to en­ter a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram af­ter he pleaded guilty in the Dis­trict to charges stemming from a st­ing op­er­a­tion, where fed­eral au­thor­i­ties ar­rested him out­side a restau­rant af­ter he pur­chased co­caine from an un­der­cover of­fi­cer.

Now the Repub­li­can Party of Florida says Mr. Radel should re­sign.

“The peo­ple of Florida’s 19th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict need a Con­gress­man who is 100 per­cent fo­cused on the needs of South­west Florida. There­fore, Con­gress­man Radel should step down and fo­cus his at­ten­tion on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and his fam­ily,” state party Chair­man Lenny Curry said in a state­ment late Mon­day.

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