Rep. Trey Radel (R, Florida-19) to resign, and not before time.

That was the freshman caught with cocaine:

Florida Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican congressman who was convicted on cocaine possession charges, will resign from Congress on Monday.

Radel’s future in Congress had been in question following his guilty plea to misdemeanor cocaine possession after being arrested in Washington, D.C. in November, and a subsequent leave of absence from his official duties to attend rehab.

…the seat is not particularly in play.  Anymore. Mind you, if this was 2006 or 2008 I might be privately writing it off; cocaine possession may not be a sex scandal, but it’s not nothing, either.  But FL-19 is R+11 and Democratic recruitment this cycle is nothing to write home about. People should keep an eye on it, but they shouldn’t freak out.

Moe Lane

RS at CPAC: Trey Radel (R CAND, FL-14 PRI).

Trey is running in Connie Mack’s seat; Connie Mack, of course, is running in the FL-SEN Republican primary in order to make doubly sure that none of us ever have to remember which Senator Nelson was which, ever again.  Trey and I didn’t really discuss that; but we did talk about the race, and CPAC.

Trey’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)