LEE COUNTY, Fla. - In light of representative Trey Radel's guilty plea to cocaine possession, our viewers have asked how has Radel voted on drug policy before, and what has his overall voting record been like?
WINK News found out he has missed all the votes in the House this week, but overall, he's had an above average attendance -- even on October 29th, the day he was caught with cocaine.
As far as his stance on drugs, he's voted in favor of drug-testing food stamp recipients.
According to Govtrack.us, this year, Radel missed 2% of House votes. The day he was caught with cocaine, October 29th, U.S. House of Representatives documents show he voted on all the bills on the floor.
The next day, it was the same thing.
In fact, documents show Radel continued to have stellar attendance in between the time he was caught with cocaine, until this week, when he missed all 4 votes.
As far as his stance on drugs, in September, he voted in favor of allowing states to drug test food stamp recipients. People who tested positive would be disqualified from the program.
But at the same time, he's also reported saying the country needs to reform the way it copes with its drug problems.
He told our partners at the News-Press:"The war on guns is as naive as the war on drugs. Nothing will disappear."
In a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in June, talking about security in Central America
one person testified, "I do think beyond just security assistance programs, there needs to be a much more engaged and focused, targeted approach by the United States."
Radel responded, "And that's where we get back to institutional support versus just, gee, how many kilos of cocaine have we seized today?"
Radel is also in favor of showing leniency to people caught with drugs. He co-sponsored legislation that would allow a judge to impose a sentence below a mandatory minimum including for drug offenses.