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GOP Rep. Trey Radel Charged With Cocaine Possession

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Republican US Representative Trey Radel has found himself in hot water after being arrested and charged with cocaine possession. The Florida congressman was charged in the District of Columbia Superior Court and the Representative faces a maximum of 180 days in jail in addition to a maximum fine of $1,000. The congressman released a statement admitting that he was an alcoholic and is seeking treatment and counseling.

    While I do not stick up for Republican congressmen very often, I must admit that I respect his willingness to admit his mistakes and accept that he needs help. My respect only grows after realizing he has been outspoken about reforming our nations mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders.

    I have always been a proponent of forgiving our nations leaders for their drug problems, marital issues, and countless other tribulations. They are just like millions of other Americans that face these crises on an daily basis. President Kennedy was addicted to a dozen pain killers and was able to pull the country away from the brink of nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban missile crisis. Countless other leaders from Presidents to Governors, legislators to Supreme Court jurists, have struggled with addiction and alcoholism. To say that this is unique is wrong and I must say that it is nice to see a congressman admit his mistake for once, even if I disagree with him on nearly everything else.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    If he has actually come clean, and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about his problems, then this is EXACTLY what to do when caught in a crime, scandal, or compromising position. And it's EXACTLY what most of them do not do.

    We normally see them lie, and deny, and delay, and cover up which prolongs the agony and just makes it all worse, for themselves and especially their families, because the truth always comes out in the end.

    The only right way to do it is to quickly tell the whole story, apologize and really mean it, work on making things right, and get the story behind them, and then they can get on with their lives. That is not hard to understand but is so hard for them to do, as we have seen so many times from presidents all the way down to local dogcatcher.
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Apologies are worthless,,,,,, only apologizes for getting caught. How about not getting high. Lets not have to apologize.... Making things right???? are you serious??? For who??? I don't care if he uses cocaine, he was elected for some reason. I hope he at least had experience. I'm sure he's well educated.....addiction is his business, not ours..... is he now worthless only because we know???
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Isn't this clown your Rep Dutch? How's this playing in right wing, mid west, republican, retirement land (AKA Naples/Fort Myers)?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    It is certainly not my "rep"; FL is in the hands of the "crooks party"; like governor Scott,who is the worst hypocrite you can find.
    The whole of FL goes down the drain; for instance with the water management by the Army!! corps of engineers; This guy gets backpocket money from the sugar industry and other industries around lake Ochechobee (which industries polutes our environment via drainage from that cess pool lake) etc. as well ruining our beaches. But in Naples there live quite a few ultra rich guys who keep this guy in place. Sorry to say politics in this country and the FL state are maffia like.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    jared:



    I agree with you that Representative Radel should be commended for his position on minimum sentencing for drug offenders.

    As always, though, politics is rich with irony. Rep. Radel was one of the House Republican representatives who voted in September to do drug testing for recipients of food stamps. My guess is that he'll continue to draw his $174,000 annual salary while serving his sentence, and he'll likely spend less than six months in the slammer.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/19/trey-radel-drug-testing_n_4305348.html

    The ALEC-inspired laws for drug testing of public assistance has been passed in 8 states so far, and 29 other states were considering similar legislation as of last April.

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/drug-testing-and-public-assistance.aspx

    Although drug testing of people on public assistance may seem like a good idea, the states that have required drug testing have spent far more on testing than they have saved on welfare benefits. For example, South Carolina spent over $1,000,000 on testing to save $60,000 in benefits.



  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Looks like JC is getting ready to drink that pee in the picture! Gandhi was know to drink a big glass of his own urine every morning perhaps he learned that from Jesus?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    that guy you really think he'll spend time in jail?

    Maybe so but if he has a clean record and agrees to the "rehab program", then I think he'll draw his salary and never spend a day behind bars.

    He's a big shot politician, and they're "special", ya know?

    He may even be re-elected. America is very forgiving/has a short memory. Now if he has other stuff in his history or more stuff in his future, then that's different. Let us remember that Anthony Weiner was leading in the polls until he did it again.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I just heard he got one year probation if he stays clean for a year his record is wiped clean ;(
  • Other Party
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    No surprise.
  • Democrat
    Ohio
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    pr Wrote: I just heard he got one year probation if he stays clean for a year his record is wiped clean ;(
    And this is why we should come up with an amendment saying that if a congressmen gets charged with a federal crime, that he is banned from ever holding political office again. And not just for treason, but all federal crimes.
  • Other Party
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    best that's a good concept, but not quite accurate enough make it.

    You've got to make it convicted of a federal crime. Anybody can be charged with anything, but if they're convicted, then you have a great idea. In America it's "innocent until proven guilty".

    Wonder how many current members of Congress would be out of a job?
  • Liberal
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    jamesn Wrote: best that's a good concept, but not quite accurate enough make it.

    You've got to make it convicted of a federal crime. Anybody can be charged with anything, but if they're convicted, then you have a great idea. In America it's "innocent until proven guilty".

    Wonder how many current members of Congress would be out of a job?
    Not in federal court....The grand jury is your preliminary hearing. As my lawyer explained to me "a ham sandwich" can be indicted. The defendant is not present and can't defend himself in front of the grand jury.... Later, if defendant shows "prosecutorial misconduct" the AUSA claims that the grand jury indicted you.....the grand jury has immunity from a civil suit. You are guilty until proven innocent. Federal law mandates the judges must view the governments case "in the most favorable light"....In other words. The judge must accept the prosecutions case as the truth..... Factual findings made by a federal judge are un-appealable.

    Example: If a federal Judge agrees and believes that the defendant "gave consent" to a search with no supporting evidence...that is a factual finding. The testimony is enough.