At the end of October, Tea Party freshman Congressman Trey Radel was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cocaine. Radel was busted purchasing drugs as part of a federal investigation into a Washington, D.C.-based drug ring and is now facing charges of drug possession, according to a senior Drug Enforcement Administration official.
Radel stated he had problems with alcohol and that they eventually resulted in an “extremely irresponsible choice.” He claimed he was going to seek treatment soon during a public apology, saying,
“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”
While this story may come as a surprise to many, the most shocking part is the Congressman’s simultaneous stance against government programs which provide assistance to lower-income families. Radel voted for a bill that would cut about $40 billion in nutritional aid over ten years and deny benefits to millions of Americans. The bill would also allow states to require drug tests.
The hypocrisy of Radel’s behavior strikes me incredibly hard. This man, who is now charged with drug possession, voted to require drug testing for welfare recipients while he was receiving a paycheck supplied with American tax dollars. Why wasn’t he required to take drug test to receive his paycheck?
Also, Radel recently became one of the few Republicans to support drug sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenders. He co-sponsored the Justice Safety Valve Act, which would provide an exception to mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws to allow shorter sentences for non-violent offenders. It appears now that Radel may get to try this new law out for himself.
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h/t: Freak Out Nation