This is rather straight-forward. Trey Radel was elected to represent his district and his state in Congress, and to make laws. He broke the law instead, getting arrested for trying to purchase cocaine. The short term for the Florida Congressman is “disgrace,” and if he had any respect for those who thought they were voting for an honest, trustworthy man, he would resign. Instead, after taking a leave of absence to complete a rehab program (meaning that a self-inflicted disability robbed his district from representation for about 4% of the term he pledged to serve), he vows to stay on the job. Typical of his nonsensical posturing is this statement:
“I love what I do. And I’m going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in Washington, D.C — which is working for you and your family.”
But what you have done, Congressman, is to break the law and humiliate your supporters, party and state, which you were not elected to do. Who cares how much you love your job? Nobody but an idiot or a drug dealer could love the way you perform it.
Does this sound like someone rational voter would want representing them in Washington? From NPR:
“According to documents released by prosecutors, the federal authorities learned this fall that Mr. Radel, a freshman legislator, had bought cocaine on several occasions for his own use in Washington and had sometimes shared it with others. As part of a sting operation last month, an undercover police officer and an associate of Mr. Radel’s met him at a restaurant near Dupont Circle, and Mr. Radel invited them back to his apartment to use cocaine. After they declined, the officer told Mr. Radel that he had cocaine to sell. Mr. Radel said he was interested, and after some negotiating, Mr. Radel agreed to buy 3.5 grams for $250. They went outside, Mr. Radel gave the officer the money, and they got into a car where the officer gave him the cocaine. When Mr. Radel got out of the car, he was approached by federal agents, and he dropped the cocaine on the street.”
Now Radel has seen the light, and—I’m not making this up—has added to his advocacy of drug-testing food stamp recipients a recommendation that public officials should be tested too—so people like Radel would be exposed before they get caught in stings. Hey! I’ve got an even better idea! Let’s just require that any Congressman caught buying coke has to resign!
By refusing to do the right thing and let somebody trustworthy take his job, resisting the obvious conclusion that his actions have disqualified him from the high office he serves, and using rationalizations to stay a member of a body that has too many hypocrites, fools and villains already, Trey Radel’s conduct since his arrest have been just as unethical as his actions leading up to it. As Terry Miller, the Republican chairman in Lee County, Florida says of Radel, “When you betray the public’s trust and you put yourself in illegal activity — and let’s be clear, what he did would have been a felony had it happened in his home state — I think that disqualifies you from representing your constituency.”
It sure does.
Source: New York Times