NAPLES, Fla - There's a new push to launch an investigation into Congressman Trey Radel (R-Florida). This comes just hours before Radel walked into Hazleden, a rehab facility in downtown Naples with his wife, Amy, trailing behind.
Radel arrive just after 4 p.m. Thursday, 48 hours after news broke that he was charged with possession of cocaine. Hazelden offers three different treatment programs. Radel says he plans to stay at the center until he is better.
In a statement to WINK News Amy Radel says, "While this has been heart-breaking, I am proud to watch my husband, Trey, get the help he needs. When we married, we took vows to remain together in good times and bad, in sickness and health. I know that brighter days are ahead for my husband, our family and our beloved home of Southwest Florida."
Meanwhile, Thursday, a watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington D.C. Is calling for an ethics investigation. They argue, Radel violated congressional rules when he bought cocaine from an undercover officer.
The agency wants a house ethics committee to look at several things including how Radel found a dealing in Washington D.C, who he may have shared his drugs with, and whether other members of Congress knew about his addiction.
House speaker John Boehner refused to comment on the potential investigation. "I think at this point Mr. Radel, the issue is between he, his family and his constituents."
The three treatment programs at Hazelden run anywhere form 30 to 90 days.