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Gov. Scott agrees: Rep. Trey Radel should resign



Gov. Rick Scott agrees with calls for Rep. Trey Radel to resign, but a spokesman for the Fort Myers Republican said he intends to return to work.

"Congressman Radel's top priority right now is to complete his rehabilitation and then return to work as soon as possible," spokesman Dave Natonski wrote in an email to the Associated Press, echoing what he said last night.

Scott was in Lee County for the groundbreaking of the Hertz headquarters and said he thought Radel should step down. "My thoughts and prayers are with Radel and his family," Scott said, the AP reported.

The Naples Daily News went to the rehab center where Radel checked into last week. From the newspaper story:

Wearing jeans, a grey shirt and a pair of Aviators, Radel smoked a cigarette and sipped coffee as the pair laughed and talked.

When approached by journalists, Radel discreetly dropped his cigarette.

He was cordial with reporters, smiling and shaking their hands while he remained seated.

"I'm here talking to my buddy," he said. "I feel great. I am here focused on my family and my health."

"It really is upsetting," he continued, "As I sit here and work on focusing on my family and health with people coming and harassing me."

When pressed for details, Radel clammed up.

"I'll just leave it at that," he said.

The Times has left messages for Radel on his cell phone.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:00pm]


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