Local and state GOP leaders are now calling for Congressman Trey Radel to resign. The Lee County and Collier County Republican Parties are calling for Rep. Trey Radel to resign.
Chairman, Terry Miller of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee and Mike Lyster chairman of Collier County Republicans sent the following letter:
The recent revelation of the purchase and use of illicit drugs by Congressman Radel came as a shock and disappointment not only to his constituents, but also to those who call him a friend. His health and the well-being of his family are our utmost concern and we fully support his rehabilitation process. Our prayers are with him on his long road to recovery.
However, these actions have violated the trust of those whom he was elected to represent and fall short of the standards for an elected official; especially a member of the United States Congress. His actions clearly disqualify the pursuit of another term and if he should run for re-election, he would not enjoy our support.
While the decision to complete the current term is his alone to make, we strongly encourage him to reflect on his ability to remain effective and that a return to Congress may serve only as an impediment to his recovery. We feel it is in the best interests of all involved that he resign immediately. We hope that he can focus solely on his rehabilitation and allow the citizens to begin their own healing process. We thank Trey for his service and wish only the best for him and his family.
Chairman Lenny Curry of the Republican Party of Florida says: "The people of Florida's 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida. Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family."
Congressman Radel's office sent WINK News the following response: "Congressman Radel's top priority right now is to complete his rehabilitation and then return to work as soon as possible."