|Published:||Jan 27, 2014 9:30 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 27, 2014 10:53 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "My hope was he was going to announce he was not going to run for re-election, finish out the term," said Mayor John Sorey.
But Naples Mayor John Sorey learend Monday, Trey Radel has stepped down from Congress.
"The problem is now, we have no congressman."
Sorey has known Radel since the former congressman's days at WINK TV, and he just talked to him weeks ago. Sorey said the news is stunning.
"When I spoke to him he was really focused on trying to get his job done, continue to work on his rehab, committment to his family," said Sorey.
WINK News has also learned, Mike Lyster, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Collier County, spoke to Radel a few weeks ago. Lyster said the Republican seemed focused.
"He reinforced that he had attempted to get right with his god and his family and now was going to engage in what he was elected to do and had made no decisions about what he would do in the future but was going to give it his best try," said Lyster.
Mayor Sorey thinks Radel was having a difficut time since getting back to Washington two weeks ago,
"As I understand there's been a lot of pressure in DC and I guess he decided it wasn't worth the pressure."
WINK News also asked Mayor Sorey about Trey Radel's future, now that he's out of Congress. Sorey said Radel will have a difficult time and he hopes Radel stays clean and gets his personal life together.
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