|Published:||Dec 03, 2013 8:45 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 07, 2014 5:21 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Young Republicans of Lee County voted Monday night on whether they will ask Congressman Trey Radel to step down.
After a vote, the result was 60 percent of members supported Congressman Radel remaining in office for the remainder of his term.
In an email to WINK News from SWFL Young Republican President Rickey Nelson, the group made a special note the vote did not have anything to do with Radel's re-election. It was solely on completing the current term.
In that same email, Nelson wrote: "A special election would be costly and take 4-6 months. Our district would then face another election shortly thereafter. Based upon this realistic assessment of the situation, we chose to support continued representation at the Congressional level . Although we do not condone Congressman Radel's actions, we do not believe that the constituents of our district should lose representation due to those actions."
Rep. Radel is currently going through rehabilitation at the Hazelden Center in Naples after his arrest and guilty plea to cocaine possession.
He says he is focusing on his treatment right now and has not yet made any comments regarding stepping down.
Rep. Trey Radel is a former WINK-TV news anchor and conservative talk show host on 92.5 Fox News Radio in Fort Myers.