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Today in Hypocrisy: Anti-Drug GOP Congressman Busted on Coke Charge
Posted on Nov 20, 2013
Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., who backed proposed rules to let states require drug tests of welfare recipients, was sentenced Wednesday morning to a year’s probation after being caught with a small amount of cocaine last month in Washington, D.C.
According to CNN, Radel was contrite in court:
Radel, a former journalist who won election in November 2012, voted for the drug-testing measure in September; he got popped in October, according to Politico. The Huffington Post drew the two events together in one succinct package, but BuzzFeed got the quote of the scandal from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA.
Radel issued a short statement on his congressional website that reads in part:
As Politico noted, the statement makes no mention of whether he would resign from the House. Nor does it mention whether his position on drug testing of the poor has changed. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said through a spokesman that “members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”
And his coke dealer. Politico says The Associated Press reported that Radel made a small buy near Dupont Circle from a dealer who apparently had been busted before and was working with the cops, who showed up at Radel’s door after the buy to inform him he’d be facing charges.
Radel isn’t the first to fall into the political version of “do as I say, not as I do,” obviously enough. And political-personal hypocrisy is hardly exclusive to the Republicans. With any sort of luck, maybe a few more House members will look at Radel and begin to understand that addiction is an illness, and not the lifestyle choice they seem to think it is.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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