Florida tea party lawmaker busted on cocaine charge voted to require drug tests for food stamp recipients
Freshman Tea Party Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) will appear in court on Wednesday to face charges of cocaine possession, Politico reported.
The 37-year-old former journalist could be fined up to $1,000 and faces a maximum of 180 days in jail if found guilty. He was arrested on Oct. 29 and charged on Tuesday.
The Republican lawmaker has cosponsored a bill that seeks to end mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, which often ensnare people who’ve been convicted of drug possession in lengthy prison terms, and he’s also been an outspoken critic of the war on drugs.
However, Radel voted in September to require SNAP recipients to undergo drug testing as a condition of their assistance.
Radel also attracted attention toward himself last month after Politico and other outlets reported on his prolific use of Twitter to discuss “anything but politics or policy,” including his love of the Skymall airline shopping catalog, and his favorite eateries in Washington, D.C.
“U [sic] remind me of me,” wrote to Skymall on Twitter on Oct. 24. “I take what I do seriously but do not take myself seriously.”
[Image via Rep. Trey Rabel Facebook page]