NAPLES, Fla - Byron Donalds, a member of the Naples Tea Party, was one of several candidates who ran against Radel in last year's Republican primary.
He released the following statement to WINK News. "We are extremely disheartened with the news of Congressman Radel's arrest. My wife and I are praying for Trey and his family, and are hoping for his full recovery."
WINK News also talked to constituents in the Naples area as news spread. John Bozich says, "I can't believe he wasn't incarcerated. I think a typical person would be jailed. Yet, he is out free."
His wife Dee adds, "we hold our politicians to a higher standard and I know they're human, but they chose to be in that position and they need to earn the trust of the public."
We reached out to the Collier County Republican Party, but did not hear back from chairman Mike Lyster.
Statement from Former Congressman Connie Mack: "In response to questions that he has received this evening, former Congressman Connie Mack issued the following statement regarding Rep. Trey Radel. Mack said: "This is undoubtedly a very difficult time for Trey and his family and I'm sure all of us in Southwest Florida are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. "It is important that we all appreciate the very personal nature of Trey's situation and understand that it is premature to respond to or consider political questions at this time."