Republican Trey Radel is a complicated man with a complicated life. This past week it seems he came to national attention with his cocaine bust. Actually the bust came weeks ago, the publicity only came this week with his guilty plea and his public apologies. In watching those crocodile-teared pleas for forgiveness, I couldn't get over how he constantly referred to his wife as "my rock" and his child as "my little guy." I guess they don't use first names in the Radel family, just refer to them as inanimate objects.
Now what I also learned about Rep. Radel is that he loves Rap music. The 37 year old congressman was best-known for self-identifying as a “hip-hop conservative.” In an essay for BuzzFeed, he professed his love for the rap group NWA as a teenager in suburban Cincinnati. Unfortunately, the more he talked about their lyrics the more evident it becomes that he doesn't really understand what they really meant -- but hey, he's a rebellious gangsta, we kind of get it. That should be enough.
When he takes a break, the coke snorting addict who's also a recovering alcoholic bandied about that his favorite vacation spot is Cartegena, Columbia. Is it just a coincidence that it's the cocaine capital of South America which is the cocaine capital of the entire world?
I guess to call Representative Radel a complicated man would be an understatement. As the title of this post indicates, there's a sex connection to him as well. Leave it to good old Mother Jones to share:
Radel, a tea party favorite and a Fox News radio host, came to office with an unusual background, having run a business that bought somewhat pornographic sex-themed domain names in both English and Spanish, as Mother Jones reported last year. Radel's business snagged all sorts of un-family-friendly domain names, including www.casadelasputas.com ("whorehouse") and www.mamadita.com ("little blow job").
So, as the Florida representative takes his "leave of absence," maybe its time for Speaker John Boehner to reconsider his handslap punishment and grow some balls. Get rid of this guy. This isn't the kind of man who should be representing the wonderful but politically challenged Sunshine State. They have enough problems with the likes of Marco Rubio, Alan Keyes, and Rick Scott. They can use a new representative in Southwest Florida, one who isn't sitting in a rehabilitation center but sitting in Congress, helping his constituents in this very important time of need. There's the federal budget, Immigration Reform, Healthcare, food stamps, a farm bill, sanctions against Iran -- all of these need attention, not a representative who's MIA.
I'm glad Radel's getting help. But he should be doing it as a private citizen, not a sitting US Representative.