CREATED Nov. 20, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - From Twitter to Facebook to the phone lines, an overwhelming response from viewers is flooding the newsroom as Congressman Trey Radel pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of cocaine.
"If he doesn't resign from Congress, he needs to be thrown out," said Ed from Naples. Anita from Lehigh also said he should step down.
"He is not setting a good example for Floridians."
Darlene on Facebook posted, "NO he should not resign. Everybody deserves a second chance."
Kathy from Cape Coral hopes to see him stay in office. She said, "Trey should get treatment and keep his job."
In a statement, Radel admits to struggling with alcoholism and says he plans on seeking treatment. Barbara in Fort Myers said he should have sought help earlier.
"Radel should have never ran for office knowing he had a drug habit. He should have gotten that together first," said Barbara.
Kevin from Naples said he is disappointed in the man representing Southwest Florida.
"He's in one of the highest positions in the land and he's on drugs...it's disgusting."
More people are reaching out showing support for Radel and his family. Benjamin wrote on Facebook, "I'm glad to see that our Congressman isn't perfect....I hope that he gets the help he needs and can then pay it forward by helping others who struggle with similar issues. We are not Perfect, We are Human, and we need to be represented by someone who understands this."