Special election limbo for Radel's seat

CREATED Jan. 27, 2014

  • Print
  • Old Rick Scott media photo

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The next chapter in the Trey Radel saga revolves around whether Governor Rick Scott will call for a special election.

FOX 4 News reached out to the Governor Monday morning.  His office responded with a link to the rules surrounding special elections which states "If a vacancy occurs in the office of member from Florida of the House of Representatives of Congress."  His office did not specify when an election would be held.

The Governor did release this statement about Congressman Radel:

“I believe that Trey is making the right decision for him and his family.  I’m glad that he has sought help, and it’s my hope he continues to put his attention on rehabilitation and his family.” – Governor Rick Scott

The Secretary of State's office told FOX 4 he will work with Governor Scott to determine a date to hold the special election. 

With an August primary looming for Republican candidates, a special election would have to happen in the next four months. 

A spokeswoman with the Collier County Elections Supervisor says a special election would require a qualifying period for candidates.  It would also cost the county about $500,000 to hold such an election.

Lee County's Office of Elections could not produce a dollar amount at this time for a possible special election.