I appreciate the fact that you are admitting you have a problem. I appreciate you accepting personal responsibility for your “bad choices”. It is truly commendable that you are seeking treatment for your alcoholism and substance abuse issues. I can only imagine what an immensely challenging and difficult step that is to take. I am hopeful that your attempts to mend the relationship with your wife and son are successful. I wish you nothing but success as you start the process of repairing the damage you have done in your personal life.
As a taxpayer, I am less concerned with your personal problems. You are an elected lawmaker of this nation. If you disagree with the drug laws and policies of this country then change them. That is exactly what you were elected to do. Supporting the drug testing of food stamp recipients, while accepting your public salary and then using it to purchase cocaine, is a disguising example of hypocrisy. It embodies a complete and utter lack of integrity. You have absconded with approximately $154,000 from the public trust thus far. It is time for you find funding elsewhere.
Perhaps you missed this part of the electoral process:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
I don’t expect an alcoholic drug addict to be capable of the introspection necessary to make decisions that are in the best interests of the nation. Especially not at this early stage of recovery. I understand that you are probably overwhelmed and confused at this point. Let me lay it out plainly so you do not have to guess at the point I am trying to make.
YOU NEED TO RESIGN.
Your desire to stay in office is the prime indicator that you still don’t understand the tenants of public service. You are the shining example of the complete and utter lack of character that plagues the national stage. That lack of character and service seems to be rampant in far too many of our elected officials. The fact that Speaker Boehner isn’t calling for your head is nearly as disturbing as your contention that you want to stay in office.
Do the right thing. Leave office, get off the national stage and get on with process of dealing with your personal issues.
~ Patrick Henry
Update: Representative Radel has decided to donate his salary to charity while he is in treatment, but that does not deal with the core issue – character. In addition to completing treatment, you need to develop integrity. That has escaped you for 37 years and won’t happen in the next 13 months. YOU NEED TO RESIGN.