April Freeman urges Ethics Committee to act on Radel case

April Freeman urges US House Committee on Ethics to act on Rep. Trey Radel case 

Fort Myers, FL — April Freeman, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida’s 19th District, is urging the US House of Representatives Committee on Ethics to launch a full probe into the criminal conduct of Rep. Trey Radel.

 “The citizens of Southwest Florida and the US Congress need to probe the full extent of Radel’s criminal activity and its possible wider implications.”

Radel was arrested for possession of cocaine on Oct. 29, and pleaded guilty. The House Committee on Ethics must convene by Dec. 19 to discuss possible courses of action. While cocaine possession is a misdemeanor in the District of Columbia, Radel would have been convicted of a Class 3 felony in Florida.

Other voices calling for a full investigation include Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The Ethics Committee can take a variety of actions against a member of the House, including dismissing him from Congress, reprimanding or fining him or issuing him a letter of reproval.

“The Committee has two weeks left to discuss taking action against Radel and after Dec. 19 that window closes,” said Freeman. “Given that the 113th Congress is on track to be the least productive Congress in American history, the very least the Ethics Committee can do is seriously probe Radel’s irresponsible and criminal behavior.”

In contrast to his own behavior, Radel voted in favor of drug testing food stamp and public housing recipients.

“People in the 19th District deserve representation that truly reflects their basic decency and common sense,” said Freeman. “We need a representative who can work for the people of our district who are facing challenges just to maintain their jobs and support their families. While my heart goes out to Mr. Radel's family, public office is not an entitlement. We cannot afford a congressman who cannot even cope with his own problems.”

A key plank in Freeman’s platform is continuing vigilance against the illegal use and abuse of drugs.

April Freeman is a wife, mother and businesswoman who lives in Cape Coral, Fla. She is chief executive officer of Spiked Heel Productions, a full service film and television production company with offices in Southwest Florida, California and Michigan. She was an organizing fellow for President Barack Obama in Lee County, Fla., in 2012 and served as deputy state lead and press liaison for Florida for the National Day of Service.

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