Embattled Rep. Trey Radel of Florida plans to resign Monday evening, a little more than two months after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.
Radel, 37, a Republican from Fort Myers, submitted a resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner saying he will step down effective at 6:30 p.m.
"Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences," Radel said in his letter to Boehner. "While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida."
Radel sent shorter resignation letters to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who will have to coordinate the special primary and general election to choose the next person to represent Florida's 19th District.
Same guy who said Obama should be impeached for "the decisions he's making", same guy who voted for legislation that would require all SNAP recipients nationally to be drug tested. This freakin' guy, eh?
I said a while ago that as soon as the GOP found someone to run for Radel's seat, he'd be forced out. At the time it looked that person was former GOP Rep. Connie Mack IV, son of former Florida Senator Connie Mack III. Mack wanted back in Congress after losing to Bill Nelson in 2012 for his dad's old Senate seat.
Mack said he would only seek the seat (which used to be his old House seat) only if Radel didn't seek re-election. Seems to me that this is now the case, and I'm betting that Mack decided to run with the blessing of (and serious money from) the RNC. As such, I'm sure Radel was told in no uncertain terms that he would be getting no support from the party, and that if he continued to remain in Congress, life would become very, very uncomfortable for him.
The special election will allow Connie Mack IV to waltz right back into Congress. I said it was a no-brainer then, and I'm honestly surprised it took this long to execute the obvious plan.