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<![CDATA[FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He embarrassed the voters who put their faith and trust in him. He embarrassed his colleagues and friends. Most importantly, he embarrassed his family and himself. Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Jude "Trey" Radel III, who ran on family values, must resign immediately. He can no longer be an effective leader and represent the people of Southwest Florida. If he does have an alcohol and drug problem, then he must concentrate on freeing himself from his demons for his sake and that of his family. He must deal with his problems and the root cause of these problems and not be burdened with trying to keep his political life alive. Radel must take all the time necessary for treatment. He must realize that going through rehab over a period of time, believing he is recovering from his addictions and returning to the highly visible stage and distractions of public life, offer few assurances there won't be a relapse. Studies show that about half of the people who go through treatment, stop using drugs. Many of those, however, are not a U.S. Congressman where temptations remain high. His alcohol and other drug problems appear to have been a part of his life before he ran for office and won election last year to the District 19 seat, representing Southwest Florida. He never disclosed it to us or to the voters. He purposely kept hidden these addictions that automatically would make him an ineffective leader. He misled everyone. He got away with it until Tuesday when it was revealed he had been arrested on a charge of buying and possessing cocaine. He says the arrest was because of his addiction to alcohol, but it is hard to believe anything he says at this point. [On Wednesday, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug-possession charge in Washington, D.C., Superior Court. The 37-year old freshman lawmaker was sentenced to one year of probation and will undergo substance abuse treatment in Florida.] He misled and embarrassed The News-Press editorial board. We put our name behind him when he received our endorsement in 2012. We believed at the time he was the best choice. At our People of the Year ceremony in January, we named him our Person to Watch for 2013, believing he could make a tremendous difference in a positive way. He said he was running a campaign of family values. That he was going to work for the people and control spending in Congress. He said he was going to work diligently for bi-partisanship within the House. He was willing to reach across the aisle to the Democrats and build policies that made sense. All of it now seems very hollow. During his speeches, his town hall meetings, his stands on policies, his representation on the House Committee on Foreign Relations and on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, his sponsorship of important water quality hearings impacting our area and the bills he sponsored, he was lying to all of us. He knew he was an alcoholic and that it was impairing his ability to function as an effective leader. Radel must also resign because there is no way he can be an effective leader while going through rehabilitation for his disease. He says he plans to start the rehab immediately. He can't be in Washington to represent us or vote on key issues. He needs the time to reflect and recover. But beyond his recovery is a far more serious issue. Because of his addiction and arrest, he will never again have the trust of this community or the nation. He is a leader who has fallen in a significant public way. Seldom, does one recover from that. It is time for Radel to move on with rebuilding his life with his family at his side. It is time for us to move on with a new leader, who can be trusted, who doesn't keep secrets that directly impact all of us. Living with and concealing alcoholism without help always is a dead end. When you try and do it on a public stage where every word uttered, every sentence written, every decision made is instantly analyzed and scrutinized, there is no winner, only a road filled with victims. With every Trey Radel, every Jesse Jackson Jr., every Todd Akin, our trust in political leaders, erodes a little bit more. We vote them into office and then wonder when they will fall. The excitement of a new leader energized to make a difference, willing to challenge what is wrong with Washington and keeping his constituents front and center, also fades with every Trey Radel. On this day, confidence in our Republic has fallen once again. --The News-Press, Fort Myers, Fla.
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GOP HITS RESET BUTTON ON 2014 AGENDA Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan report for the hometown paper: "Last Thursday, a group of House Republicans filed into Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Capitol office suite and received a blank piece of paper labeled 'Agenda 2014.'