November 26, 2013 5:00 am -

trey-radel-cocaine-guiltyThe pressure just got ratcheted up on Florida congressman Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. Just as he nbegins a leave of absence from Congress, his home state’s party is at odds with House Republicans, whose “It’s OK if you’re a Republican” policy remains in place.

The Republican Party of Florida on Monday called for the resignation of Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who was sentenced last week for cocaine possession.

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

Radel took a leave of absence and checked into a rehabilitation facility last week after he was sentenced in Washington to one year on probation for cocaine possession.

Radel, sworn into office just 10 months ago, had been celebrated as a tea party favorite. Among other things, he favored drug tests for food stamp recipients.

D.B. Hirsch
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