Trey Radel resigns; Gov. Rick Scott to call special election

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Congressman Trey Radel takes a moment to himself between addressing the media at his office in Cape Coral on Wednesday night. Earlier on Wednesday, Radel plead guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession, receiving a 1-year probation sentence.

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SCOTT MCINTYRE / STAFF Congressman Trey Radel takes a moment to himself between addressing the media at his office in Cape Coral on Wednesday night. Earlier on Wednesday, Radel plead guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession, receiving a 1-year probation sentence.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott will call a special election for the Southwest Florida congressional seat vacated by Rep. Trey Radel, but when that election will be is unclear.

Florida law states that special elections and special primary elections “shall be held” in four instances, including when a vacancy occurs in Florida’s congressional delegation. However, there is no timetable for when those elections must be held.

A spokesman for Scott said the governor plans to work with “the Secretary of State’s office to find a date to hold a special election.”

Brittany Lesser, communications director for the Florida Department of State, declined to comment on a timeline for this type of election, only saying Secretary of State Ken Detzner plans to work with Scott to set a date.

Dave Carpenter, the qualifying officer for the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office, said Detzner likely will work with Collier and Lee supervisors to set a schedule. Carpenter said he expects the special election process could take up to four months.

“It adds another cycle to the year,” he said.

Carpenter said a special election could cost Collier County between $500,000 and $700,000. He said it may cost closer to $1 million in Lee County.

The last time there was a special election in Collier County was in 2007 following the death of then- state Rep. Mike Davis. Carpenter said he didn’t recall how much that election cost.

Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, said the governor will have the ultimate say over when to set the special election.

“There is no timeline,” she said. “Last time, when it was the (Rep. Bill) Young thing, there was speculation even then that he would let (the seat) stay open.”

Young, a Pinellas County Republican, died in October after more than 40 years in Congress. The primary for the seat was held in mid-January, and the general election is scheduled for March 11.

If the state followed a similar timetable for the Radel seat, a primary could be held in March or April; while the special general election could be in June or July.

The 2014 regularly scheduled congressional primary is Aug. 26.

Radel’s resignation has done nothing to convince nationally syndicated radio and television personality Sean Hannity to leave New York.

Hannity has said more than once that he may consider a congressional campaign, but he won’t throw his hat in the ring for Florida’s upcoming special election.

“He has a nationally syndicated radio and TV show that’s under contract for the next several years,” said Lynda McLaughlin, executive producer of his radio show. “Sean has often said once he’s no longer under obligation he does intend to leave New York. Whether that’s going to be for Florida, Texas, North Carolina, we don’t know yet. But he talks about Naples often and he loves Naples.”

Hannity renewed his contract for his radio show, based in New York, within the past year, she said.

“There’s a lot of rumors and speculation but I’d say that’s all it is right now,” McLaughlin said. “The very, very honest answer is we’re under contract; we’re going to be here for a bit.”

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In a letter to House Speak John Boehner, Rep. Trey Radel said while he has dealt with his issues on a personal level, it was his belief that “professional I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.”

Radel submitted his letter of resignation on Monday morning to Boehner. His resignation will go into effect at 6:30 p.m.

“It has been an honor to serve my neighbors, friends and family of Florida’s 19th Congressional district,” he said in his letter. “Regardless of some personal struggles in 2013, this year has already been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith.”

Radel also thanked Boehner and his congressional colleagues for “the tremendous support and encouragement.”

“Oftentimes in Congress, our personal relationships and successes are overshadowed by intense but meaningful and necessary debate,” he said in his letter. “However, I leave the House of Representatives with friendships and memories of great men and women dedicated to helping and improving the lives of our fellow Americans.”

“As an eternal optimist, I know there are great things in store for our country when we find ways to work together. Whether it is as a father, a husband, or in any future endeavor, I hope to contribute what I can to better our country in the years to come.”

Radel also submitted letters of resignation to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

There was no sign of activity at Radel's home in Fort Myers and no sign of his wife, Amy Wegmann.

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U.S. Rep. Trey Radel will resign Monday, says the congressman's spokesman.

"I can confirm he is resigning today," Greg Dolan, Radel's spokesman, said in an email to the Naples Daily News on Monday morning.

Radel was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility.

The first-term Republican plans to send a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Monday, sources said.

The decision to fill the seat now rests with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who can schedule a special election for Radel's sat.

Candidates already have decided to run for the congressional district, including Republican Paige Kreegel, a former state representative. Kreegel finished third to Radel in a 2012 primary.

Another candidate expected to run is Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Republican leader in the Florida Senate in Tallahassee. Other names mentioned include former Rep. Connie Mack, also a Fort Myers Republican who held the seat before Radel.

For state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, the news immediately raised concerns about the election process going forward.

There is no appointment procedure for Congress members who resign. With an election in November, there would not be much time for a primary election and a special election to find Radel a replacement.

Passidomo called the situation a Catch 22.

"We will be unrepresented until November," she said. "We will not have a voice in Washington until November and that's very troubling. The other question is whether he had resigned or not would he have been an effective voice or not."

However, under state law, the governor is required to call a special election to fill the seat.

Naples Mayor John Sorey said his thoughts and prayers are with Radel and his family.

"It's probably the honorable thing to do," Sorey said of Radel's resignation. "I think he had a great opportunity in front of him, but he has to do what he needs to do."

"I wish him the best of luck with whatever he chooses to do in the future," he added.

Ray Netherwood is the Libertarian Party of Florida candidate for Radel's seat this fall. He said if a special election is called before November, he'll be ready to run.

"To leave (the seat) open would be harmful to the folks down here," he said. "At the same time it's not cheap (to hold a special election.)"

Netherwood said it would have made more sense for RAdel to have resigned sooner.

"To me it would have been much easier had it been done back before going into rehab," Netherwood said. "It would have saved a lot of gnashing of teeth and groaning over the months."

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shwing writes:

Finally he is doing what the people want....leave. Hope the next guy has at least some morals and integrity.

HenryChinaski writes:

Im surprised he didn't claim with a straight face that he, "uses a wide stance." After all he is GOP and they typically don't step down after a scandal.

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

Now that Radel has decided to resign from office, don't be surprised if the State of Florida allows Radel's seat to remain vacant until January 2015.

The soonest that a Special Election could likely be held to fill Radel's seat would be April or May, just ahead of the Primary Election in August.

That would mean that, best case, whomever would be elected in the Special Election would only get to serve 6 or 7 months in office before being replaced by whomever wins the General Election in November.

There is legitimate potential that the people of Radel's district could be without representation in Congress for almost a year.

I wonder how many of the people who were pushing for Radel's ouster would prefer to have him remain in office, even in disgrace, rather than having no one there at all given a second choice?

LSPinNaples writes:

Justice. The hypocrite steps down. Great outcome...finally.

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

in response to HenryChinaski:

Im surprised he didn't claim with a straight face that he, "uses a wide stance." After all he is GOP and they typically don't step down after a scandal.

As opposed to Democrats, who are models of propriety and integrity, and who immediately resign without question when they find themselves embroiled in scandal?

leneggs writes:

Even an empty seat for a year would be better than have this guy represent us.

donsense writes:

TV talking head or lobbyist

Robertofnaples writes:

See folks, he was so polluted by drugs and booze; he just now sobered up.Once he did, he said I will resign; only to run again as an independent.

zurich writes:

I think he has already been informed by the ethics committee that he is doomed, and they suggest he resign as quickly as possible .The ethics committee, considering their lack of integrity themselves, want Radel to go silently .

410 writes:

There's more to this story than meets the eye. If he thought he could get away with it, he wouldn't resign.

Pragmatic1 writes:

Finally! About time.

And one less Teapublican follower to boot!

DinNaples writes:

in response to HenryChinaski:

Im surprised he didn't claim with a straight face that he, "uses a wide stance." After all he is GOP and they typically don't step down after a scandal.

The first was a very dumb statement. The second, outrageous. I'll bet you praised Patrick Kennedy, another drug user, for his courage for facing up to his challenges.

Robertofnaples writes:

I just called a friend in D.C. and was told that Mr. Radel has been granted a disability package. He will resign and retire with a full package of benefits and not be precluded from running as an Independent!!!

np writes:

Whether Radel is IN or OUT of office, his dilemma affects all of us .

wentfishn writes:

in response to 410:

There's more to this story than meets the eye. If he thought he could get away with it, he wouldn't resign.

I agree.

titanbite writes:

in response to leneggs:

Even an empty seat for a year would be better than have this guy represent us.

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AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

in response to Robertofnaples:

See folks, he was so polluted by drugs and booze; he just now sobered up.Once he did, he said I will resign; only to run again as an independent.

Charlie Crist has demonstrated how well that strategy works, so Trey Radel has a good example to follow, right?

titanbite writes:

in response to donsense:

TV talking head or lobbyist

If statistics on divorce were applied to this situation, they would probably have,"Trey", returning to the dating scene before the year is out, having graduated Magna Cum Lousy from drug rehab, only to become even more of an alcoholic when his financial situation has him switching from snorting cocaine to smoking the much more affordable form of cocaine in crack.

More than likely, sharing the expenses associated with his newfound lifestyle with his new tent-mates living in the woods behind the Circle K in Zolpho Springs!

Of course, that wouldn't happen to,"Trey", he has friends in Washington D.C.!

JoeM writes:

in response to leneggs:

Even an empty seat for a year would be better than have this guy represent us.

Now if could only get the empty suit in the White House to resign.

DinNaples writes:

in response to titanbite:

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Robertofnaples writes:

in response to AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016:

Charlie Crist has demonstrated how well that strategy works, so Trey Radel has a good example to follow, right?

Really? You are equating what Trey did; with what Charlie did? Really?

biomanogt writes:

Elizabeth B. is smelling blood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marcari writes:

So, Trey Radel has resigned. I am pleased that he has. What amazes me is the vitriol, the self-righteous blather that appears on this site. The usual suspects blame the party affiliation that they oppose, when I could list politicians on both sides who have done so much worse and have outlived the scandal to become "elder statesmen'.
So many on this site seem to think the governance of this country is like a football game, you cheer for your team and vilify your opponents. Do you really need to do this to validate yourselves? The man did wrong, he should have resigned, he did, end of story. As an educational experience, I suggest you make a list of those on your "side" who have done wrong and did not resign and consider the rationale you used to absolve your "team mate".

Heraclitus writes:

Now that's very disappointing. I was sure he'd run for reelection. I wonder what really made him change his mind?

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

in response to Robertofnaples:

Really? You are equating what Trey did; with what Charlie did? Really?

In terms of comparing Radel's ability to change parties and run under another banner, yes.

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

in response to marcari:

So, Trey Radel has resigned. I am pleased that he has. What amazes me is the vitriol, the self-righteous blather that appears on this site. The usual suspects blame the party affiliation that they oppose, when I could list politicians on both sides who have done so much worse and have outlived the scandal to become "elder statesmen'.
So many on this site seem to think the governance of this country is like a football game, you cheer for your team and vilify your opponents. Do you really need to do this to validate yourselves? The man did wrong, he should have resigned, he did, end of story. As an educational experience, I suggest you make a list of those on your "side" who have done wrong and did not resign and consider the rationale you used to absolve your "team mate".

Good post, well said.

BonitaTango writes:

in response to HenryChinaski:

Im surprised he didn't claim with a straight face that he, "uses a wide stance." After all he is GOP and they typically don't step down after a scandal.

Was Clinton GOP???

HenryChinaski writes:

in response to AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016:

As opposed to Democrats, who are models of propriety and integrity, and who immediately resign without question when they find themselves embroiled in scandal?

Dem Anthony Wiener stepped down because he sent a pic of his bulge to a lover. GOP Radel gets caught with cocaine (an actual crime) and isn't run out of office on a rail! Why?

Where was the outrage from the GOP and the call to step down? There was none as the GOP only does what's best when forced.

Who was the GOP Senator who got caught soliciting gay sex in the Minnesota airport bathroom? Why didn't he step down? Where was the outrage from the Anti gay GOP?

Now I grew up GOP and was taught all the lies and "talking points" and was also told the truth behind the lies. At the time I bought into it as I was young and naive and honestly believed the unethical, illegal strategies of the GOP were necessary to fight the Soviet scourge.

It wasn't until years later that I could see the crimes the GOP commits are not done in the name of keeping us safe but are committed as a tiny group of people in power make unimaginable fortunes and the power that goes along with it.

I can see that there are many people out there who are like the eight year old me, except they are adults. Very scary.

hoperequired writes:

He's doing the right thing.

HenryChinaski writes:

in response to DinNaples:

The first was a very dumb statement. The second, outrageous. I'll bet you praised Patrick Kennedy, another drug user, for his courage for facing up to his challenges.

Who the heck is Patrick Kennedy? I suppose we could go around and around with examples of various people from both sides of the aisle. The point is when Dems get caught in a scandal there is an expectation of justice prevailing, often a resignation.

When a Republican gets caught the GOP circles the wagons and explain away the crimes with a straight face as if we are to simply accept what little they offer if any in the form of contrition.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to marcari:

So, Trey Radel has resigned. I am pleased that he has. What amazes me is the vitriol, the self-righteous blather that appears on this site. The usual suspects blame the party affiliation that they oppose, when I could list politicians on both sides who have done so much worse and have outlived the scandal to become "elder statesmen'.
So many on this site seem to think the governance of this country is like a football game, you cheer for your team and vilify your opponents. Do you really need to do this to validate yourselves? The man did wrong, he should have resigned, he did, end of story. As an educational experience, I suggest you make a list of those on your "side" who have done wrong and did not resign and consider the rationale you used to absolve your "team mate".

Let's just be clear up front and admit there have been enough scandals on both sides of the aisle that what each person does is very personal, and certainly a lot of their decision is based on what kind of "inside pressures" they are getting.

As befits the image, I'm thinking that his fellow Tea Party members convinced him that he is a detriment to their overall image as we head into 2014 elections--and his decision had a lot less to do with his problem, or his desire to be with his family.

Every case is different. And Convatives that far right now have to deal with the firestorm around the wealthy Billionaire whose recent LTE of WSJ compares the efforts to do anything about the extremely wide and widening income gap to be comparable to the Nazis persecuting the Jews in the Holocaust.

That,is the state of affairs today that we have never seen anything like it before.

As for tonight's "State of the DISUNION" Address, never before have we seen a President facing a Congress comprised of so many who are determined to shoot down EVERYTHING he proposes, even if the proposal can only bring needed relief and positive improvements---Minus ONE Rep. from Florida.

HenryChinaski writes:

in response to BonitaTango:

Was Clinton GOP???

Are you suggesting Clinton should have stepped down after illegally invading Iraq with no plan of how to win the war , only a plan to secure the oil fields?

An illegal war with no strategy is grounds for impeachment and imprisonment, a BJ from an intern is worthy of a slap on the wrist.

Or are you with a straight face going to try to tell us that war and a BJ are equatable? Because those are the type of bold face lies the GOP makes routinely.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to WeThePeople2016:

Let's just be clear up front and admit there have been enough scandals on both sides of the aisle that what each person does is very personal, and certainly a lot of their decision is based on what kind of "inside pressures" they are getting.

As befits the image, I'm thinking that his fellow Tea Party members convinced him that he is a detriment to their overall image as we head into 2014 elections--and his decision had a lot less to do with his problem, or his desire to be with his family.

Every case is different. And Convatives that far right now have to deal with the firestorm around the wealthy Billionaire whose recent LTE of WSJ compares the efforts to do anything about the extremely wide and widening income gap to be comparable to the Nazis persecuting the Jews in the Holocaust.

That,is the state of affairs today that we have never seen anything like it before.

As for tonight's "State of the DISUNION" Address, never before have we seen a President facing a Congress comprised of so many who are determined to shoot down EVERYTHING he proposes, even if the proposal can only bring needed relief and positive improvements---Minus ONE Rep. from Florida.

Adding to the above, seeing Rand Paul bringing up the Monica Lewinsky case so prominently proves how fearful Republicans are already about hillary becoming President.

And with the rest, how desperate Tea Party politicians especially are becoming. Because at this point, what difference does it make?

bevhara#279724 writes:

in response to 410:

There's more to this story than meets the eye. If he thought he could get away with it, he wouldn't resign.

I totally agree... there is probably MUCH more to the story!!

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to HenryChinaski:

Dem Anthony Wiener stepped down because he sent a pic of his bulge to a lover. GOP Radel gets caught with cocaine (an actual crime) and isn't run out of office on a rail! Why?

Where was the outrage from the GOP and the call to step down? There was none as the GOP only does what's best when forced.

Who was the GOP Senator who got caught soliciting gay sex in the Minnesota airport bathroom? Why didn't he step down? Where was the outrage from the Anti gay GOP?

Now I grew up GOP and was taught all the lies and "talking points" and was also told the truth behind the lies. At the time I bought into it as I was young and naive and honestly believed the unethical, illegal strategies of the GOP were necessary to fight the Soviet scourge.

It wasn't until years later that I could see the crimes the GOP commits are not done in the name of keeping us safe but are committed as a tiny group of people in power make unimaginable fortunes and the power that goes along with it.

I can see that there are many people out there who are like the eight year old me, except they are adults. Very scary.

Oh yeah--and it won't be long before today's right wing politicians will once again, as you saw in the 1950's, be using the inflammatory Socialist and Communist again in response to any attempts to reinvigorate the purchasing power of middle and lower income workers. That, and of course, blaming Obama--and Democrats for any violence which might happen at the Olympics--in fact, I'm sure that many are even hopeful of the opportunity.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

I just saw Rand Paul's campaign slogan for his Presidential run....

"Benghazi and Lewinski,
Our Ticket to a Winski"

nkw2you#268620 writes:

in response to bevhara#279724:

I totally agree... there is probably MUCH more to the story!!

Probably still using

Pragmatic1 writes:

in response to AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016:

Now that Radel has decided to resign from office, don't be surprised if the State of Florida allows Radel's seat to remain vacant until January 2015.

The soonest that a Special Election could likely be held to fill Radel's seat would be April or May, just ahead of the Primary Election in August.

That would mean that, best case, whomever would be elected in the Special Election would only get to serve 6 or 7 months in office before being replaced by whomever wins the General Election in November.

There is legitimate potential that the people of Radel's district could be without representation in Congress for almost a year.

I wonder how many of the people who were pushing for Radel's ouster would prefer to have him remain in office, even in disgrace, rather than having no one there at all given a second choice?

"There is legitimate potential that the people of Radel's district could be without representation in Congress for almost a year."
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The people of Radel's district have been without representation from the moment this misrepresenting, alcoholic, cocaine using Teapublican was sent to Washington!

Unfortunately,down here all one has to do to get elected is look good and sing the party song.

Pragmatic1 writes:

in response to AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016:

As opposed to Democrats, who are models of propriety and integrity, and who immediately resign without question when they find themselves embroiled in scandal?

Ahhhh, the Great Obfuscator, jumping on the side of independent thinking and neutrality.

Is he suggesting either side has the high ground on moral failures?

Pragmatic1 writes:

in response to zurich:

I think he has already been informed by the ethics committee that he is doomed, and they suggest he resign as quickly as possible .The ethics committee, considering their lack of integrity themselves, want Radel to go silently .

Good guess. +1

Pragmatic1 writes:

in response to AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016:

In terms of comparing Radel's ability to change parties and run under another banner, yes.

in response to Robertofnaples:

"Really? You are equating what Trey did; with what Charlie did? Really?"

In terms of comparing Radel's ability to change parties and run under another banner, yes.
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And don't forget that both Charlie and Trey are white males. That proves the positive smoking gun connection between them right there.

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

in response to Pragmatic1:

Ahhhh, the Great Obfuscator, jumping on the side of independent thinking and neutrality.

Is he suggesting either side has the high ground on moral failures?

Just another juvenile name-calling, no-substance post from the liberal left.

Neither side has the high ground on moral failures and anyone who tries to argue the contrary, or tries to justify actions by members of their chosen party while criticizing actions by members of the opposing party, is clearly fooling themselves.

Voice-of-America writes:

If an elected official gets caught in a bold faced lie, in his promises or life style, it is only proper that he resign....the Trust is gone.

Can anyone else think of any others, who are currently holding High Office that have repeatedly Lied to Us all??..........Hmmmmm????.........

Hint- "If you like Your Health Care...You can keep it!".......

DinNaples writes:

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DinNaples writes:

in response to HenryChinaski:

Who the heck is Patrick Kennedy? I suppose we could go around and around with examples of various people from both sides of the aisle. The point is when Dems get caught in a scandal there is an expectation of justice prevailing, often a resignation.

When a Republican gets caught the GOP circles the wagons and explain away the crimes with a straight face as if we are to simply accept what little they offer if any in the form of contrition.

Patrick is a proud member of the Kennedy clan. I thought you should have known that.

Trey Radel to the people in the north east is an unknown as well.

And, surprise! He did resign. You seem not to have noticed that.

Beachbaby writes:

One less Teapublican in Congress is always a good thing. I imagine he had a good talking to by John Boehner who is trying to rid the GOP of these rabid Teapartiers who are continuously tugging at his coat tails.

This had nothing to do with "doing the right thing".

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to DinNaples:

Patrick is a proud member of the Kennedy clan. I thought you should have known that.

Trey Radel to the people in the north east is an unknown as well.

And, surprise! He did resign. You seem not to have noticed that.

He resigned because HIS OWN PARTY forced him too--not the case with Patrick Kennedy---if Radel's own Prty did not think he was a huge liability in future elections, he would have remained in office.

Another huge difference you conveniently is the Patrick Kennedy had sponsored and passed many bills and contributed to his Party's efforts to improve life for the common man--Radel has done nothing. It's an illogical analogy for the Kennedy haters.

WeThePeople2016 writes:

in response to Voice-of-America:

If an elected official gets caught in a bold faced lie, in his promises or life style, it is only proper that he resign....the Trust is gone.

Can anyone else think of any others, who are currently holding High Office that have repeatedly Lied to Us all??..........Hmmmmm????.........

Hint- "If you like Your Health Care...You can keep it!".......

Your foolish so called analogy just belies your constant inner hatred--Obama could cure cancer and totally eliminate all Federal Debt and you would still use some twisted analogy about any ills that arise.

Got your Olympic violence diatribes ready??

OOPS--broke my promise to DRTI

Voice-of-America writes:

in response to WeThePeople2016:

Your foolish so called analogy just belies your constant inner hatred--Obama could cure cancer and totally eliminate all Federal Debt and you would still use some twisted analogy about any ills that arise.

Got your Olympic violence diatribes ready??

OOPS--broke my promise to DRTI

Soooo funny!!!.....We the Sheeple gives Us the Liberal Truth!!

Republicans Lying to us-- BAD!!!.....

Liberal Democrats Lying to us-- GOOD!!.....

Anything to promote the Liberal Agenda is O.K......as long as you can get away with it!!!....Right??..........Having No Morals comes in very handy doesn't it, Magic??

Beachbaby writes:

So what has this Tea Party Representative accomplished since having been elected? Nothing, nada, zilch. All he has done was vote for the government shutdown costing this region valuable revenue and loss of jobs, albeit temporarily, and make this region the butt of the country's jokes.

And now on top of it, tax payers may have to foot the bill for a special election to the tune of 1.6 million dollars! All of that because Tepaublican morons elected him to represent them in Congress.

Non-teapublican voters hopefully will have learned their lesson and run from any future candidate endorsed or supported by the Tea Party.

Teapublicans on the other hand will no doubt cheer for yet another self-serving cretin as long as he or she vows to oppose anything and everything that our President wants to accomplish. They are incapable of learning from their mistakes.

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