LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Embattled Congressman Trey Radel is facing more calls for him to resign, after his guilty plea to cocaine possession in Washington, D.C., last week. And another candidate, a Republican, is running for the District 19 seat.
"I am disappointed in what happened with Trey, whom I supported, so I am running. I am a regular, working-class person, who believes we need change in Washington. We need term limits and a change to politics as usual," said Brian Gibens of Cape Coral. He said he has opened a web page and will collect signatures to get his name on the Republican ballot in the primary next summer.
Facebook is featuring a new page, entitled: Trey Radel must resign now. It makes fun of the congressman, and says he must go.
However, one group is withholding judgment until there is more discussion. The Southwest Florida Young Republicans are meeting next Monday night to talk about the Radel situation.
The group's president, Rickey Nelson, urges people to be patient and not rush to calling for resignation. He said it is not open and inclusive for party leaders to just announce calls for Radel to resign. Nelson posted his thoughts on his Facebook page, but refuses to say more on the record until after his group meets on Monday.
Radel is in a chemical dependency treatment in Naples, on leave from Congress.
Rep. Trey Radel is a former WINK-TV news anchor and conservative talk show host on 92.5 Fox News Radio in Fort Myers.