Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. (Photo by the Associated Press)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott believes U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., should resign.
Speaking Tuesday after a ground-breaking ceremony by Hertz in Estero, Fla., Scott said he agreed with the state Republican Party chairman's position on Radel.
Lenny Curry, chairman of the Florida GOP, and the executive committees of the Lee and Collier county Republican parties have called for the resignation of Radel, the embattled first-year House member who pleaded guilty last week to a cocaine possession charge.
"I agree with the party chairman," Scott told reporters Tuesday. "Trey is going through a tough time. My prayers and my wife's prayers are with his family. But we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standards."
Radel was sentenced Nov. 20 to one-year probation and a $250 fine on a misdemeanor charge. He was caught Oct. 29 buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer in Washington, according to court documents signed by the congressman. Radel acknowledged in the documents that he had "on several occasions purchased, possessed and used cocaine."
Radel is taking a leave of absence from Congress while he is in intensive rehab. He is donating his salary to charity while on leave.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has declined to say whether Radel should resign or be punished by his colleagues for his actions.