LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Conservative commentators Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity visited Fort Myers on Saturday to promote a new book by Coulter, but the pair also commented on Republican Congressman Trey Radel's decision not to leave office after completing an in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation program.
Hannity, who owns a home in Naples, is a former colleague of Radel.
"I only wish him and his family the very, very best," Hannity said. "I wish him a speedy recovery."
Hannity also had some advice. "It probably would be in his best interest to get out of the public eye for a while. You have somebody like Connie Mack, who can probably step right in and take his place."
Coulter admitted she did not know many specifics about Radel's story since news broke last month of his cocaine arrest and conviction.
Like Hannity, Coulter suggested Radel step down, though her reasoning was more political.
"All i care about is a republican majority," Coulter said. "Look, people in the district may have strong feelings. They love him, he's been good to them, blah blah blah, so I'm not completely dismissing that, but from my perspective, all I want is a majority Republican house. As long as you're sure its not going to fall into the hands of the Democrats, step aside."
Hannity told WINK News he plans on reaching out to Radel when he feels the time is appropriate.
Rep. Trey Radel is a former WINK-TV news anchor and conservative talk show host on 92.5 Fox News Radio in Fort Myers.