Trey Radel

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Trey Radel
Trey Radel, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byTed Deutch
Personal details
BornHenry Jude Radel III[1]
(1976-04-20) April 20, 1976 (age 37)[2]
Cincinnati, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amy Wegmann Radel
ChildrenHenry Jude Radel IV
ResidenceFort Myers, Florida
OccupationRadio host/television personality, reporter, businessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Trey Radel
Trey Radel, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byTed Deutch
Personal details
BornHenry Jude Radel III[1]
(1976-04-20) April 20, 1976 (age 37)[2]
Cincinnati, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amy Wegmann Radel
ChildrenHenry Jude Radel IV
ResidenceFort Myers, Florida
OccupationRadio host/television personality, reporter, businessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
WebsiteOfficial website

Henry Jude "Trey" Radel III (born April 20, 1976) is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 19th congressional district, since 2013. Radel, a Republican, has previously worked as a television reporter, anchor, conservative talk radio host, and businessman. His district is located in southwest Florida and includes Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.

Radel is currently on a self-imposed leave of absence following a conviction for cocaine possession; the latter prompted the Republican Party of Florida to call for his resignation.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Trey Radel was born in Cincinnati and attended Elder High School.[4] Radel majored in communications and minored in Italian at Loyola University Chicago.[5]

Journalist career[edit]

Radel was trained as an actor and a comedian and performed improvisational work at Second City in Chicago.[6] Radel began his working career as a journalist, working as both an anchor and as a reporter. He interned for CNN at their headquarters in Atlanta. He then worked for the CBS affiliates in Houston and Chicago. He was a TV and radio talk show host of Daybreak, on WINK-TV[7] & 92.5 Fox News Radio.[8]

He bought the Naples Journal, a community newspaper in Naples, Florida, which he reformatted and expanded,[9] later selling the paper to the Naples Daily News.[citation needed] He founded Trey Communications LLC, a conservative media relations firm. The company purchased and sold domain names, including some of a pornographic nature.[10]

He and his wife founded a nonprofit organization called the U.S. Forces Fund, which focuses on helping injured soldiers returning home from abroad.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Republican 14th District Congressman Connie Mack IV decided not to run for reelection to his seat, in order to challenge Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Radel decided to run in the open seat, which had been renumbered as the 19th District. Five other Republican candidates also filed to run. Controversy occurred when it was discovered that the campaign committee "Friends of Trey Radel, Inc." had purchased his opponents' domain names nearly a year before he announced he was going to run for office.[12] When this was revealed, he denied knowing about it, blaming it on staff, but eventually admitted he had purchased the domain names.[12] Subsequently, his campaign committee created websites and attached them to his opponents' domain names, purportedly for the purpose of disseminating the voting records of the opponents, which were posted on the websites.[12] Radel's political philosophy is conservative, but he nevertheless has said he supports the principles of the DREAM Act.[13] Radel was endorsed by the incumbent Connie Mack IV, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.[14] Chauncey Goss (who finished second to Radel in the primary)[15] was endorsed by U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan.[16] He won the primary with 30% of the vote, primarily due to the strength of his showing in his native Lee County.[17]

In the general election he faced Democrat Jim Roach of Cape Coral, a retired GM research engineer and decorated Vietnam combat veteran. However, Radel was heavily favored to win. The 19th has long been reckoned as one of the most Republican districts in Florida, and as such the Republican primary was considered the real contest for the election. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain won the district with 57% of the vote. In 2010, Rick Scott won the district with 61% of the vote. Radel did indeed win the 2012 election, with 63% of the vote.[18] The Naples Daily News reported that the financial disclosure reports Radel submitted during his campaign were inaccurate and that once he was elected he amended these reports.[19] According to Radel's attorney he underreported his assets by failing to note his trust funds.[20]

On October 29, 2013, Radel was arrested in the District of Columbia.[3] Less than a month later, Radel pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[21]

Radel announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from Congress to undergo addiction rehabilitation and that he would be donating his salary to charity during his absence.[22] Following his announcement, the Republican Party of Florida and Governor Scott called on Radel to "resign immediately" and "focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family".[3][23]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Radel is married to former FOX-4 anchor Amy Wegmann.[24] They have one child, and live in Fort Myers.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radel, Henry J. III, FEC filing for office
  2. ^ "Henry J. Radel, III - Florida - Campaign 2012, Bio, News, Photos". Washington Times. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "Trey Radel: Florida Republicans urge cocaine congressman to quit". BBC News. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Fla. Congressman charged with cocaine possession has Cincinnati ties". WXIX. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Trey Radel, Host, FOX News". ZoomInfo.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Insert Name - A - Insert Name at Voice123". Voice123.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  7. ^ "Florida News Center » Blog Archive » Radel takes job on conservative radio…". FlNewsCenter.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Trey Radel from 92.5 Fox News Radio at SWFLYR meeting - Lee Liberty Caucus (Fort Myers, FL)". Meetup. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Trey Radel for U.S. Congress". Treyradel.com. Friends of Trey Radel, Inc. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Meneimer, Stephanie. "Florida GOP Candidate Has History of Registering Sex-Themed Web Addresses". Mother Jones. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Florida Division of Corporations". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  12. ^ a b c Ward, Kenric. "Trey Radel Shuts "Domain Gate" - Will Give Up Websites". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  13. ^ July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29). "» Trey Radel Just Can’t Seem To Avoid Controversy". FloridaPoliticalPress.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  14. ^ "Endorsements « Trey Radel". Treyradel.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Florida Division of Elections". 
  16. ^ Buzzacco, Jenna (2012-08-14). "Radel declares victory in Southwest Florida race for Congress". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  17. ^ "FL District 19 - R Primary Race - Aug 14, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  18. ^ "Redistricting Florida U.S. House Districts | Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  19. ^ Staats, Eric. "Rep. Radel's amended financial report, filed day after election, shows much greater wealth » Naples Daily News". Naplesnews.com. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  20. ^ "Campaign Documents - Florida Department of State". Doe.dos.state.fl.us. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  21. ^ Sherman, Jake (2013-11-20). "Trey Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession". Politico. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ Sherman, Jake. "Trey Radel taking leave of absence from Congress". Politico. Retrieved 11/20/13. 
  23. ^ Henderson, Jeff (2013-11-28). "Republicans Gear Up to Replace Trey Radel in Congress". Sunshine State News. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Broadcaster Trey Radel running for Connie Mack’s congressional seat". Naples Daily News. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  25. ^ "Florida House District 19 race: Republican primary candidates". Naples Daily News. 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ted Deutch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Pocan
D-Wisconsin
United States Representatives by seniority
414th
Succeeded by
Tom Rice
R-South Carolina