FORT MYERS, Fla.- Congressman Trey Radel is completing his first 100 days in Washington, and says the dysfunction in the capitol shows how ridiculous the culture is there. Still, the Republican says he loves the job as he balances work and a young family.
"I am not surprised at how screwed up our situation is in our country," Congressmen Radel said. "I mean it disappoints me, when the adults in the room cannot sit down at a table and work on things like the budget, or the parts of it on auto-pilot: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."
Radel is co-sponsoring a bill to keep airport towers staffed with controllers, to force the Federal Aviation Administration to make sequester cuts elsewhere.
"It is a matter of priority. The White House is making this as difficult as possible with the most effect on people. It does not have to be that way. There are other places to save some money in the FAA that does not have such great impact on people," said Radel.
As a member of the foreign affairs committee, Radel worries about how easily the Boston suspects, eluded notice in gathering their bomb material and setting off explosives.
"You learn from every mistake, and I hope the law enforcement agencies will learn from this. We need to know the lapses and the lack of communication between the CIA and the FBI," said he.
Radel says it is difficult to balance the demands of work and family life.
"My wife and I work as a team to make sure we balance the two. Family does come first. That is true in any profession. I have my 1-year-old, who is talking and opening doors. I just love seeing him grow," said Radel.
As for the future, Radel has encouraging words about Sen. Marco Rubio and running for President in 2016.
"Senator Rubio is a young and dynamic guy who can reach across ethnic, generational and cultural lines, and reach people with a conservative Republican message. It's the same thing that Ronald Reagan used to do, and I welcome more people like that in our party," he said.