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(edited from Politico.com) – Former WINK-TV anchor and Florida Rep. Trey Radel resigned from Congress on Monday, ending a once promising career that collapsed after the Florida Republican was caught buying cocaine from a federal law enforcement agent.
Radel, 37, spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility late last year before returning to Congress after the winter recess.
He sent a letter on Monday to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announcing his resignation, saying 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.” He said that 2014 has already “been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith.”…..Cont…..
(from TVSpy.com) - Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) met with the media Wednesday for the first time since he completed his substance abuse program following an arrest for cocaine possession in November. Radel gave an emotional one-on-one interview to his former station, Fort Myers CBS affiliate WINK.
“This is embarrassing. I’ve dragged my family through a lot,” he told WINK’s Amanda Hall….Cont….
Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.
He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. Radel has missed all four votes in the House this week.
Radel, in a statement released by his office, made no mention of resigning from the House. He said he struggles “with the disease of alcoholism, and this 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.”….Cont….
Florida TV history…
Radel was formerly an anchor at Fort Myer’s WINK-TV, leaving the station in 2010 to join a public policy organization. A few months later, he was signed to host a morning show on a local right leaning radio station. Radel returned to television (sort-of), as WXCW-TV simalcasted his morning radio show on that TV station. Radel bailed from his radio/TV gigs to run for for Congress in 2012. Radel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.
Another interesting factoid…former WFTX-TV anchor Amy Weman is married to Trey Radel. She left her anchor gig at WFTX in 2012 to help Radel’s Congressional campaign.
09-11-13 – UPDATE – As we reported yesterday, a WINK-TV station microwave van blew a tire and rolled over on I-75 near Naples. Both reporter Vanessa Ruffes and station photog Lucas Bogg were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. Ruffes suffered a broken clavicle (collar bone) in the crash. Vanessa responded today via Facebook:
I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words and support following a very scary accident yesterday. I’m very glad to report my photographer Lucas Bogg and I are resting up and doing well today after our news truck rolled on I-75. Right now, I’m home nursing a fractured collarbone and can’t wait to return to work.
(edited from WINKTV.com) – 09-10-13 – A WINK News van crashed on I-75, near mile marker 112, around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, injuring two people. All lanes of traffic have re-opened.
Florida Highway Patrol said the van lost control after a tire blew out, causing the van to flip.
Sources tell Florida News Center that the crash involved reporter Vanessa Ruffes and photographer Lucas Bogg. They are both being treated at Naples Community Hospital for minor injuries.