November 21st, 2013
09:30 PM ET
5 years ago

The congressman made drug admission - but the speaker could decide his future

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner has a liability on his hands.

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Florida, has taken a leave of absence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

Boehner has been praised by congressional watchdogs for having little tolerance for derelict members of Congress.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Walter Jasniewski

    What a disgrace, I'm a conservative, a person that believes in Personal Responsibility, this guy is a Disgrace. This guy is exactly what Nancy Pelosi promised to drain from the swamp, the dirty Republican needs to either switch to be an Obama fan, and fit right in, or resign for being a disgrace to Conservatives.

    November 21, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. ja

    the entire GOP seem to be using illegal mood altering substances, and the supreme court with recent rulings

    November 21, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Only in the house, can a republican break the law and get away with it. Impeach Boehner.

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    Boehner should cut him loose. Actions like this should not be tolerated in a law maker.

    November 21, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    He needs to resign, period. Congress needs to be help to a higher standard, no probation either. Jail, that's it.

    November 21, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Skip Glanz

    It seems to me he was one of the members that voted to cut off welfare for those on drugs. So the only real solution is to cut of his wages from the federal treasury and throw him out. Any other move is hypocritical.

    November 22, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. Thomas

    It's hard to believe Rep. Trey Radel, R-Florida had no priors . If he had been charged in Florida it would have been a felony.
    He receives a one year probation ? I hope he has to pick up trash along the interstate on weekends for six months , go to rehab and twelve step meeting's.

    He should be removed from office willingly or unwillingly . If he wants to run for office again in two years . And has finished his probation and been drug and alcohol free . He can.

    Is it time to drug test politicians ?

    November 22, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    GOP way–drugs way.

    November 22, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |