COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Florida Governor Rick Scott is now supporting calls for Congressman Trey Radel to resign.
The governor is joining other Republicans in calling for Radel's resignation after last week's cocaine bust and guilty plea.
The Republican Party of Florida, of Lee and Collier counties all called for Radel to resign. The freshman congressman, who's in treatment right now on a leave of absence, released a response through a spokesperson saying that rehab is a top priority and then returning to work as soon as possible.
Today, we heard from the Governor, who's in town for the Hertz groundbreaking, and also from State Representative Matt Caldwell. Both are joining their Republican colleagues in asking for Radel's resignation.
Not all Republicans are calling for Radel to step down.
Naples Mayor John Sorey with the Collier County Republican Party says it would be worse not having a representative in DC than one with "tarnishment."
By law, if Radel does step down before January 1st, the Governor would have a call a special election to fill the seat. After January 1st, the seat would remain vacant until the general election in November.
Rep. Trey Radel is a former WINK-TV news anchor and conservative talk show host on 92.5 Fox News Radio in Fort Myers.