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(RealClear)   Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL) busted for possession of cocaine, punchable face   (realclear.com) divider line 81
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2013-11-19 04:55:26 PM  
florida's rob ford?
 
2013-11-19 05:05:02 PM  

FlashHarry: florida's rob ford?


Will they torment him nonstop for weeks? I doubt it.
 
2013-11-19 05:05:53 PM  
img.fark.net

Normally you wipe away the coke smudges from your nose before sitting for your official portrait.
 
2013-11-19 05:09:54 PM  
I wonder if he's voted to drug test welfare recipients.
 
2013-11-19 05:17:45 PM  
He must be really new to congress or just an idiot. The first words out of  member's  mouth if stopped by police esp. in DC is to  remind them about Congressional immunity and they are on their way to do some form of legislative work and to fark off. No search or arrest even possible then on the spot.
 
2013-11-19 05:18:22 PM  
In his defence he wanted to get down, down on the ground.
 
2013-11-19 05:22:17 PM  
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2013-11-19 06:16:40 PM  
There is a part of the story that is just not showing up. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said the agency has no record of Radel's arrest. So it would have had to been a grand jury indictment from the looks of it, so tea party members of congress have their own police surveillance and secrete grand juries to judge their actions. That would be humorous if true.
 
2013-11-19 06:53:09 PM  

eurotrader: There is a part of the story that is just not showing up. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said the agency has no record of Radel's arrest. So it would have had to been a grand jury indictment from the looks of it, so tea party members of congress have their own police surveillance and secrete grand juries to judge their actions. That would be humorous if true.


He's charged with a misdemeanor.
 
2013-11-19 07:13:21 PM  

eurotrader: There is a part of the story that is just not showing up. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said the agency has no record of Radel's arrest. So it would have had to been a grand jury indictment from the looks of it, so tea party members of congress have their own police surveillance and secrete grand juries to judge their actions. That would be humorous if true.


I often secrete grand juries along with my sweat.
 
2013-11-19 07:13:53 PM  
I don't know how someone could be caught for possession of cocaine cause the few times I seen it it wasn't in anyone's possession for very long.
 
2013-11-19 07:14:31 PM  
It's cool everyone, he struggles with alcoholism. Toss in a few, "I found God" admissions and he'll be as pure as snow to the GOP base.
 
2013-11-19 07:14:55 PM  
We need a pic of subby right now to see who is throwing stones/punches
 
2013-11-19 07:16:09 PM  
this guy is a victim of circumstance & deserves a break, everyone know the Poors are the real problem in our society.
 
2013-11-19 07:18:45 PM  
FTFA:  Radel was identified to authorities as a cocaine buyer by his suspected dealer. The dealer had been previously arrested as part of a separate drug investigation led by a federal task force.

If I ever decide to break bad and become a drug dealer I'm gonna make sure that I always have one high-profile politician customer.

"Yeah...you caught me with 150 grams all wrapped separately.  How'd you like to bust a senator instead?"

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2013-11-19 07:22:13 PM  
Pretty sure he's D, subby. Saw it on Fox News...
 
2013-11-19 07:22:56 PM  
According to Fox News, he's Congressman Trey Radel (D-FL).

I guess it's not easy being a Tea Party member. Guess there'll be no Sugar tonight in his coffee, no Sugar tonight in his tea.
 
2013-11-19 07:23:24 PM  
FTA :

Radel was identified to authorities as a cocaine buyer by his suspected dealer. The dealer had been previously arrested as part of a separate drug investigation

And as we all know, investigations work their way from big fish to small fish, and not the other way around.
 
2013-11-19 07:25:09 PM  
FTFA: In a statement expressing regret, the 37-year-old Republican freshman lawmaker said ...

... "I regret that I was caught."
 
2013-11-19 07:32:35 PM  

StubhyGraham: It's cool everyone, he struggles with alcoholism. Toss in a few, "I found God" admissions and he'll be as pure as snow to the GOP base.


Danger Avoid Death: FTFA: In a statement expressing regret, the 37-year-old Republican freshman lawmaker said ...

... "I regret that I was caught."


These two things.

I'm sure his political career is in no danger.
 
2013-11-19 07:33:52 PM  
I thought politicians had someone from their staff score for them?
 
2013-11-19 07:40:31 PM  

TomD9938: FTA :

Radel was identified to authorities as a cocaine buyer by his suspected dealer. The dealer had been previously arrested as part of a separate drug investigation

And as we all know, investigations work their way from big fish to small fish, and not the other way around.


Dealer -> corrupt Congressman is actually small -> big.
 
2013-11-19 07:42:07 PM  
Good for him. That septum should heal in a decade or two. Like I care.

/hey, how about no bail/bond for trash politicians?
 
2013-11-19 07:47:36 PM  
Six month maximum, eh?

He's lucky they aren't deciding to try him as a black man.
 
2013-11-19 07:50:31 PM  
Yeah..............lets see what actually happens.............
 
2013-11-19 07:52:31 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: TomD9938: FTA :

Radel was identified to authorities as a cocaine buyer by his suspected dealer. The dealer had been previously arrested as part of a separate drug investigation

And as we all know, investigations work their way from big fish to small fish, and not the other way around.

Dealer -> corrupt Congressman is actually small -> big.



I was thinking dealer to buyer (never mind his position in the community).

He must have really pissed someone off though to have been targeted like this.

The guy's from south Florida FFS.  He cant do a little blow now and again without a federal case being made out of it?
 
2013-11-19 07:53:01 PM  
Can they try him as a poor black male so he can face 20 to life? They can charge juveniles as adults for increased penalties after all.
 
2013-11-19 07:54:13 PM  
I can't speak for this guy, but if my congressman were doing a capable job, I wouldn't give a flying f*ck if he were in possession.
 
2013-11-19 07:54:53 PM  
He's a "libertarian" trust fund baby. That's about as punchable as you can get.
 
2013-11-19 07:55:07 PM  

StubhyGraham: It's cool everyone, he struggles with alcoholism. Toss in a few, "I found God" admissions and he'll be as pure as snow to the GOP base.


He already IS pure as snow. Well, using it, anyway.
 
2013-11-19 07:55:26 PM  

DemoKnite: I thought politicians had someone from their staff score for them?


He's a first term congressman, still learning the ropes. Now it's a question of whether he has any other vices that might make him look bad...
 
2013-11-19 07:56:54 PM  

Heamer: I can't speak for this guy, but if my congressman were doing a capable job, I wouldn't give a flying f*ck if he were in possession.


He's a Republican, so you know he supports our insane federal drug policy that is used to target minorities and poor people - he just never though he would be swept up in it.

But yeah, otherwise, someone wants to do whatever on their own time, it's their life.
 
2013-11-19 07:57:06 PM  

Paris1127: DemoKnite: I thought politicians had someone from their staff score for them?

He's a first term congressman, still learning the ropes. Now it's a question of whether he has any other vices that might make him look bad...


As long as he's not farking a man, he'll have nothing to worry about.
 
2013-11-19 07:57:09 PM  

Heamer: I can't speak for this guy, but if my congressman were doing a capable job, I wouldn't give a flying f*ck if he were in possession.


If your congressman is doing blow he's buying off the street, he's not capable of doing a capable job.

That makes him both stupid and fiscally irresponsible.
 
2013-11-19 07:59:55 PM  

Heamer: I can't speak for this guy, but if my congressman were doing a capable job, I wouldn't give a flying f*ck if he were in possession.


I would tend to agree with you if he were not the member of the party that wants to drug test welfare and unemployment benefit recipients. If you google the mans name and drug test you can see where he has spoken in favor of it.
 
2013-11-19 08:03:25 PM  
I used the Florida tag.
 
2013-11-19 08:03:52 PM  

Heamer: I can't speak for this guy, but if my congressman were doing a capable job, I wouldn't give a flying f*ck if he were in possession.


Cocaine is different. If he was a pot head or alcoholic that's one thing. They may embarrass you, but won't cause very much damage as long as they don't drink and drive.

You can't have coke heads in congress. They would be selling government secrets for $10 or $20 each. Offering to suck other countries diplomats dicks for a bump. Can't have that.
 
2013-11-19 08:05:11 PM  
Take a look at his wife. If you don't think they party..
 
2013-11-19 08:06:13 PM  
He should be on an Aphex Twin album cover.
 
2013-11-19 08:08:44 PM  

grumpfuff: Paris1127: DemoKnite: I thought politicians had someone from their staff score for them?

He's a first term congressman, still learning the ropes. Now it's a question of whether he has any other vices that might make him look bad...

As long as he's not farking a man, he'll have nothing to worry about.


If history is any indication, that's where he was getting the coke.
 
2013-11-19 08:12:25 PM  
The part of the article that caught my eye...

Radel, 37, was elected in 2012 to represent the 19th District of Florida, which includes the Gulf Coast communities of Fort Myers and Naples. He was a radio host before becoming a congressman.

Disclosure - I live in Florida, and if this turd is from Naples / Ft Myers, he is republican.
 
2013-11-19 08:18:46 PM  

Sumding Wong: The part of the article that caught my eye...

Radel, 37, was elected in 2012 to represent the 19th District of Florida, which includes the Gulf Coast communities of Fort Myers and Naples. He was a radio host before becoming a congressman.

Disclosure - I live in Florida, and if this turd is from Naples / Ft Myers, he is republican.



The Ft. Myers and Naples area is kinda renowned for corruption as well...
 
2013-11-19 08:20:54 PM  

RecentGrad: Sumding Wong: The part of the article that caught my eye...

Radel, 37, was elected in 2012 to represent the 19th District of Florida, which includes the Gulf Coast communities of Fort Myers and Naples. He was a radio host before becoming a congressman.

Disclosure - I live in Florida, and if this turd is from Naples / Ft Myers, he is republican.


The Ft. Myers and Naples area is kinda renowned for corruption as well...


They're renowned for awesome blow also.
 
2013-11-19 08:21:36 PM  
This is the guy who described himself as a 'hip hop conservative' and claimed that "Fight The Power" represented the conservative message in Congress.

Trey Radel: when doughy white guys' attempts at keeping it real goes wrong.
 
2013-11-19 08:28:15 PM  
Politically motivated bust. He must have run afoul of the sheriff or something, with all that budget cut jibber jabber.
 
2013-11-19 08:32:39 PM  
"In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions," Radel said in a statement."

Those are not the words of a douchebag.

"However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling," his statement said. "I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease."

Not those either.

Why so much hate for the way the guy is dealing with this? It seems pretty admirable considering the precedent.
 
2013-11-19 08:41:33 PM  
White Powder!
 
2013-11-19 08:43:37 PM  
Yes he does have immunity under the constitution from being detained while working or on his way to work. However, he approached an undercover agent of his own free will to attempt to buy drugs. His immunity won't help him there.
 
2013-11-19 08:49:52 PM  
Anyone else would still be in jail awaiting his trial. But a Congressman? Well 3 weeks for charges to be laid and instantly set him free from arrest to snort up the cocaine supply.
 
2013-11-19 08:51:53 PM  

whither_apophis: Pretty sure he's D, subby. Saw it on Fox News...


Really? Anyone got a screen shot?
 
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