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Florida Rep. Busted for Cocaine Possession, Voted For Drug Testing All Welfare Recipients

trey-radelIn a tale of bitter irony (and massive hypocrisy), news has just surfaced that Republican Florida Representative Trey Radel was busted last month for cocaine possession.  Why is this both ironic and hypocritical, you ask?  Well, Rep. Radel was one of many House Republicans who voted for a bill that would allow states to require all recipients of welfare to be drug tested prior to receiving benefits.

And then there he was last month, busted for drug possession.

I absolutely support random drug testing for members of Congress.  Hell, all public servants.  If they want to force individuals who rely on government assistance to take drug tests, with the premise being that taxpayers shouldn’t pay for their drug habits, I say the same should go for them.

After all, they’re being paid far more by taxpayers than any single recipient of welfare is getting.

Because trust me, Mr. Radel is just one of many politicians who would be caught using some form of illegal substance if they were to be drug tested right now.

In a statement released by his office, Radel said the, “disease of alcoholism led to an extremely irresponsible choice.  As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

While I’m sympathetic to someone who suffers from addiction and wish that anyone who wants help gets it, I lack any empathy toward a man who pushed for drug testing individuals who sought welfare assistance while he was using illegal drugs.

Alcoholism and drug addiction weren’t the cause of that blatant hypocrisy.  Him being an ignorant, judgmental prick is what led to him trying to hold people to standards he couldn’t even live by.

If found guilty, he faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

While I know this incident won’t lead to it happening, I really wish it would be a catalyst for drug testing all public servants.  Because it’s absolutely hypocritical for these people to stand there claiming that taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for subsidizing the drug use of people on welfare, while these individuals (paid for by taxpayers) often fight against the random drug testing of those who hold public office.

My theory is, if these people have nothing to hide, why are they fighting random drug testing?  Especially when many of the Republicans who oppose proposals that would require that they get drug tested are the ones pushing for the drug testing of welfare recipients.

But then I think we all know the answer to that question now, don’t we?

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on both Twitter and Facebook. Have feedback, compliments, criticism or hate mail? You can email him as well.
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  • Pipercat

    What remains to be seen, is whether his notions, on policy, change after being in the same place as so many others… or he could just follow the Vitter principle.

  • Citizen Zero

    Any other state employee would loose their job over this, as they have been randomly drug tested for over 7 years. If you want welfare recipients and state employees to stay drug free, so should you.

    • fearlesskris

      Makes one rethink the kind of laws this man supported. Forcing people to turn over evidence against themselves is unconstitutional and illegal. Yet we seem to be fine with that in the last decade. It’s one thing to agree to a urine sample for a potential job, it’s quite another to force someone to pee in the cup for their family’s food. I cannot begin to understand how we reached this point – even in Florida.

      • Shawn Franchi

        Or, you know, if they are worried about the right to privacy of their urine, they could pay for their family’s food with their own money. But then again, if they are addicted on drugs, they probably have more important things to spend their money on.

    • fearlesskris

      Makes one rethink the kind of laws this man supported. Forcing people to turn over evidence against themselves is unconstitutional and illegal. Yet we seem to be fine with that in the last decade. It’s one thing to agree to a urine sample for a potential job, it’s quite another to force someone to pee in the cup for their family’s food. I cannot begin to understand how we reached this point – even in Florida.

  • Matthew Reece

    This is one of those problems which can only occur in a statist society.

    • Timothy Digeronimo

      coked up people in charge can only occur in a statist (hehe, spellcheck says that’s not a word) society? specifically a public servant, sure. but, aside from semantics, you have no point.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      hey brainiac———–name me ONE modern society where a drug/alcohol addicted politician doesn’t exist…… and : hows that rush Limbaugh/Hannity/ Huckabee weight control working?

    • regressive rightwing trash

      hey brainiac———–name me ONE modern society where a drug/alcohol addicted politician doesn’t exist…… and : hows that rush Limbaugh/Hannity/ Huckabee weight control working?

  • William Bennett

    Gotta say, I’m a lot more concerned about Congresscritters being tested than I am about ordinary welfare recipients. Your regular addict isn’t passing legislation affecting thousands of people while all drugged up.

  • Anthonij

    I can’t wait to see the ‘fair and balanced’ perspective on this piece of news that the microcephalics at Fox News will offer!

    Nothing is quite so disgusting as hypocrisy and in this case, well, this clown needs to step down while he deals with his ‘disease’ of alcoholism.

    And with regard to alcoholism and alcohol consumption, he’s also most likely been a hypocite but now he reaches for this cover to offer as an excuse to his constituents who he hopes are equally hypocritical about all their conservtive moral outrage as he.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      trust me,,u wont see much more than a quip about 18 seconds long on FOX “news” about this regressive white trash crybaby

    • regressive rightwing trash

      trust me,,u wont see much more than a quip about 18 seconds long on FOX “news” about this regressive white trash crybaby

  • Mary Lou Berry

    I don’t support drug testing on anyone… saving for those people who drive school buses or those people whose job requires alertness and sobriety when other lives are at risk… People should be judged by the content of the character not by the content of their bodily fluids. I believe it is a waste of tax dollars to test… people… and just adds to the disintegration of the bill of rights. All drugs should be legal… and regulated… Marijuana is safer than alcohol and should be regulated as such… and yet the majority of those voting on these bills consume alcohol on a daily basis…. the only people who will be affected from this testing is marijuana users… due to its traces being found in the body nearly a month after its consumption and affect.. while other drugs are untraceable after 48 hours… Also there are ways around the testing… and ways users can pass so called tests… so its a waste of Money… the only reason this guy supported it.. was because he was in bed with the makers of the drug testing kits.

  • Mary Lou Berry

    I don’t support drug testing on anyone… saving for those people who drive school buses or those people whose job requires alertness and sobriety when other lives are at risk… People should be judged by the content of the character not by the content of their bodily fluids. I believe it is a waste of tax dollars to test… people… and just adds to the disintegration of the bill of rights. All drugs should be legal… and regulated… Marijuana is safer than alcohol and should be regulated as such… and yet the majority of those voting on these bills consume alcohol on a daily basis…. the only people who will be affected from this testing is marijuana users… due to its traces being found in the body nearly a month after its consumption and affect.. while other drugs are untraceable after 48 hours… Also there are ways around the testing… and ways users can pass so called tests… so its a waste of Money… the only reason this guy supported it.. was because he was in bed with the makers of the drug testing kits.

  • Shawn Franchi

    Because spending your own money on drugs is so much worse than spending everybody else’s money on drugs?