To the editor:
Prior to this evening's Fox 4 news coverage of Congressman Radel's press conference I was going to give him the benefit of the doubt. I was going to listen and hear what he did and why he did it. What was it that he did? He violated the public trust! This wasn't a press conference to come clean and honest with the voters of the 19th Congressional District of Florida. It was a bunch of "spin" and "weasel words."
Point 1 When you are an elected official you have no personal life.
Point 2 - You did not answer any of the questions the news media asked you.
Point 3 - Those of us who use "common sense" in our decisions aren't delusional enough to think that we could take a responsible and sober approach in a decision making position in hopes that we maintain our sobriety.
Point 4 - You were evasive and not direct in your answers.
If you are the leader you think you might be you would recognize that you cannot complete the work you were voted to complete. You have compromised your position. Don't make the people of the 19th Congressional District suffer for your indiscretion.
You want this to go away and recapture the respect of our community.
a. Step down from your position in Congress. A leader recognizes their error and step aside for someone else to take their position to be responsive and responsible to their constituents.
b. Get involved in the local community and volunteer to be on several non-paid committees that help the local community. Show how you care about your community in a non-paid status. And do this for several years to prove your dedication to the community.
c. When a couple of years have past you might consider running for a local elected position.
d. If you win a local representative position and you've held it for a successful period of time without a relapse then you might want to consider to run for a State Representative Position.
e. I could go on and on.
As you see this is how you work your way back to a level of respect and admiration of the community. But this is what a PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN would do - is that what you want? You want to be a professional politician? Don't answer that question, that is another letter to the editor.
I do not wish you ill. I am sorry that you have put yourself and your family through this episode. I only wish you success in your rehabilitation to overcome your illness. But don't use 'Weasel Words' to explain away this situation. It doesn't serve you well.