November 20th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
8 months ago

House GOP campaign chief says Rep. Radel has some explaining to do

Washington (CNN) - The House Republican campaign chief is withholding judgment about whether Florida Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession earlier Wednesday, should remain in office. But he told reporters Radel has some explaining to do.

"He's going to need to explain what happened and then make some decisions," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, said Wednesday leaving the House floor.

Rep. Trey Radel gets probation for cocaine bust, to seek treatment

Asked if Radel remaining in office undermined the pledge that then-Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House GOP leaders made back in 2006 about not tolerating any member misconduct, Walden declined to comment.


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  1. Sniffit

    "He's going to need to explain what happened and then make some decisions," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, said Wednesday leaving the House floor."

    I guess getting caught and convicted for buying and doing Schedule 1 narcotics is a much smaller dealer than private non-criminal marital infidelity by sexting with a consenting adult and accidentally tweeting the pic into the public sphere. No calls for resignation here...no no....merely "this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents" (Boehner's words).

    November 20, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    I'm loving the comparison that can be drawn between the opportunistic GOP/Teatrolls, spineless Dems and MSM's reactions to

    A sitting congressman getting caught and convicted for buying and doing Schedule 1 narcotics

    v.

    The Ballad of Carlos Danger (non-criminal marital infidelity and an accidental wang pic popping up on twitter)

    November 20, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Congress that consists of GOP is using Drugs, cocaine, merjuana etc. GOP thugs progressed. Hurrah..

    November 20, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Gary

    Another Republican with a Koch problem, nothing new here.

    November 20, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another right wing, "family values" hypocrite. What a way to go through life!

    November 20, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    I'll believe it when I see it. GOP has a different set of rules than us ordinary people.

    November 20, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Radgast

    It would be nice if they said the same about this persons misconduct just the same as if it was from the other party, Seriously, this is not some college cocaine party long ago, as an active member of congress this is unacceptable,

    November 20, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    I thought that only the Democrats are druggies.

    November 20, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Anthony in California

    "Luuuuuccccyyyyyyyy!

    You got some E'SPLAININ' to do!"

    All last week all we heard from the Right was about the Canadian crackhead. I even heard some of them somehow make a link between him and Obama... yup... stretched it THAT far.
    Now Radel being one of them... theyll downplay completely.
    No way to spin it now Republicans.. no way to spin it.

    November 21, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  10. Thomas

    Florida Rep. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat from New York, was hit in the back of the head and robbed near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night is out buying cocaine and he gets a year probation and is charged with a misdemeanor.

    And U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat from New York, was hit in the back of the head and robbed near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night.

    One guy buy's coke with taxpayers money , the other guy assaults a lady and steals her money for ?

    Trey Radel needs to step down now !

    November 21, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. Thomas

    Florida Rep. Trey Radelis out buying cocaine and he gets a year probation and is charged with a misdemeanor.

    And U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat from New York, was hit in the back of the head and robbed near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night.

    One guy buy's coke with taxpayers money , the other guy assaults a lady and steals her money for ?

    Trey Radel needs to step down now !

    November 21, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  12. NameSteve

    This Senator with the cocaine problems needs to be fired. As a government employee I would have been no questions asked. A as far as I can tell he puts his pants on like everyone else. He is nothing special. If Obama lets that slide then he should go too.

    November 21, 2013 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  13. Maripil

    Radek is a hypocrite and a scumbag!! He voted numerous times for food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing while all along was addicted to CRACK!! This is the model congressman the GOP and tea party are so proud of and represent!!

    November 21, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  14. Maripil

    Radek must be booted out, but wait the GOP and tea party will try to do another COVER-UP!! This is the MANTRA of Boehner and company!!

    November 21, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  15. Maripil

    Radek and Boehner are one and the same!! NO SHAME!!

    November 21, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  16. David Harlem

    I thought the Tea Party was the party of Christians and family values? I thought they were all perfect little angels and the rest of us are animals and criminals and worthless. Radel was elected in a conservative district as a Tea Party darling. It turned out to be a coke party.

    Now if he was a democrat the Republicans would be screaming for his head and job but because this guy is one of them, they'll let him play prodigal son like David Vitters? The GOP lives by a double standard as we've seen with things like the Iraq war. They need to stop being hypocrites and admit their failures, mistakes and stop pointing fingers at others. Governing is the furthest thing from their intentions.

    November 21, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. Marie MD

    How about impeachment? How about throwing him out the door and lock it behind him?
    How about some jail time like any other citizen caught with their pants down would have to serve?
    Just some ideas.

    November 21, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |