Political figures speak about Trey Radel's arrest

CREATED Nov 20, 2013

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CAPE CORAL - The arrest of Congressman Trey Radel has prompted statements from many Southwest Florida political figures. 

"I'm deeply disappointed in Congressman Radel's choices. I am glad that he is seeking help," Lenny Curry, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida said. 

"I am both shocked and saddened to hear the news about my friend and colleague Congressman Trey Radel," Representative Mario Diaz Balart said. "Every person must take responsibility for their own actions, as Trey will. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Amy and his son Jude."

"This is undoubtedly a very difficult time for Trey and his family and I'm sure all of us in Southwest Florida are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers," former Representative Connie Mack said. "It is important that we all appreciate the very personal nature of Trey's situation and understand that it is premature to respond to or consider political questions at this time."

"While I am sympathetic to Rep. Radel regarding his personal issues and I hope he finds a personal solution, the fact is that he has proven himself incapable of properly representing Southwest Florida and the people of the 19th Congressional District apologies are insufficient," Democratic Challenger April Freeman said. "The honor of representing Southwest Floridians in Congress is a sacred trust and a heavy responsibility and Trey Radel has proven himself unworthy of the trust and incapable of bearing the responsibility. This event is not just Rep. Radel's personal failure - it fundamentally hurts the people and the economy of Southwest Florida. The time has clearly come to elect a new congressperson for Southwest Florida. Change is imperative."