Oh Snap: Tea Party Congressman busted for Cocaine voted to drug test food stamp recipients

Rep. Trey Radel, the Tea Party freshman Republican from Florida, who was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, also voted in support of sweeping reforms to the nation’s food stamp program.

Those reforms cut some $40 billion in nutrition aid over 10 years and deny benefits to millions starting in 2014.












In September The Huffington Post reported:

 The bill is packed with changes to SNAP: It would require more beneficiaries to pass income and asset tests to prove their poverty. It would allow states to require drug tests. It would allow states to deny benefits to able-bodied adults who don’t work or enroll in training for at least 20 hours per week.





37 year-old Radel was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Addiction does not discriminate and can hit anyone at any age, or of any financial status. To throw poor people under the bus with the assumption that seeking a hand up, means they are on drugs, thus putting them under a microscope while doing cocaine yourself stinks of hypocrisy.

This is America. We should never demean the poor.

There was a clue that he was on cocaine in this video, in my opinion:


Big thanks to my buddy @TomCinmidlife for helping me with the research. You can follow Tom on Twitter here. 

  • mea_mark

    Public officials should have to pass a drug test in order to get paid. It only seems fair to me.

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      Issa would be so screwed.

      • dizlz

        Do they ever test for rat poison? I bet Issa nibbles on it at breakfast just to get his day going.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Anything is possible with that slug.

    • Pixie Schrimpf

      Damn! I wish I could like this 10 more times.

  • Linda1961

    Evil bastard.

  • Tommy6860

    Well, he’s exempt, right? I mean, he wasn’t on food stamps, he only wanted those on SNAP to be disqualified from getting food stamps if they used drugs. Wait, wat!, but he’s getting welfare, being paid to do absolutely nothing in congress with impunity while making real people in need (who mostly work for near poverty wages), suffer while he does drugs on their purse. This is something that really smells on The Hill

  • patchbran

    my tax dollars paid for that blow!!! harumpf!

  • Sandra Chung

    Politician, test thyself. So, does this mean he can no longer get any government money (aka his salary) as he will most assuredly test positive for drugs, on top of being arrested for possession.

  • neworleans878


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    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

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  • http://kissingryan.com/ ARealHousewifeInOC

    Completely and totally ON topic!!

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    Pure right wing hypocrite.

  • Wilfrid Lazarre

    WOW! The only thing I can say God is alive and he is at work,he does not take long time any more to put these hypocrite in the open.

  • majii

    This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving pol. I’m sick of the GOPTPers hypocritical BS. Coking it up isn’t all that they are doing. On the night they decided to shutdown the government, Boehner wasn’t the only drunk GOPTPer in the House.

  • mshickman_31088

    Talk about being a hypocrite. BTW if NYC did Stop and Frisk on those Wall Street types, wonder what they would find.

  • alan carter

    Is this really a surprise? A GOPer is a hypocrite! Particularly on social issues. PATHETIC

    • NuBN247

      They have already found that more “contraband” is found on Caucasians than on Blacks and Hispanics despite their lower number of stops.

  • NuBN247

    Hmmm, will he now sponsor a bill to drug test politicians like himself who receive Federal dollars?

  • paulmckc

    Probably a 5 to 10 year mandatory prison term for anyone else caught doing this, and the color of your skin would definitely be a huge factor!
    Radel will probably get nothing more than community service, and expungement of his record once completed.

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      That’s what I was thinking. He got busted for 3.5 grams (an 8 ball of cocaine).

      • paulmckc

        I don’t know what the laws are in the DOC, I would bet with that amount it should probably be classified as distribution of an illegal substance.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Same here. He can’t do 3.5 grams without overdosing.

          • BanditBasheert

            He got off with 1 year of Probation.
            He’s WHITE for heaven’s sake….

            stupid – but white.
            He got caught in a sting so evidently he’s fairly familiar with being strung out.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            I don’t think first time drug offenders should do time, but that should be applied across the board.

    • BanditBasheert

      Bullshit – this derp got off with one year PROBATION!

  • paulmckc

    The video is absolutely hilarious, he should use it as a reelection commercial!

    Hip-hop sounds so much better after you have just hoovered up a couple of big ass rails off the coffee table,
    and if I can’t make it as a politician, I’m pretty sure I can make it in the hip-hop industry as a DJ or something else!

    • BanditBasheert

      Well since they aren’t bothering to actually WORK in DC, they might as well do some lines although selling cocaine after being set up indicates that his issue is chronic … not a quick buy.

      Family values RepubliKKKan again … they REEK of hypocrisy.

  • Hank

    “Tea Party Congressman busted for Cocaine voted to drug test food stamp recipients”

    And a Democratic led Congress voted for YOU to have “Obamacare” but exempted themselves. Isn’t this a “Dog Bites Man” story?? :-)

    • Barry Roope

      The Republican led House of Representatives voted to exempt themselves, nice try Hank, but your not telling the full truth, the Senate is Democratic controlled, both houses have to vote before it can be law, so your Republicans voted to exempt themselves. The Affordable care act is a success, sorry your lies are going nowhere, nice try though. One year from now, millions of people will have affordable healthcare insurance, that no Congress will ever be able to take away, because once people start seeing the benefits of the ACA, they will vote out anybody that tries to take away their insurance, and all the benefits like not having pre-existing conditions exclude you from ever being able to afford insurance, being dropped from your insurance for no reason, kids being able to stay on their parents policies until age 26. Americans love these parts of Obamacare. Republican Michelle Bachman said it best, once Americans realize the benefits of this program, we will never be able to take it away. The President has 3 more years to fix what problems may exist, after it’s fixed, there will be no repeal of The Affordable healthcare Act, So get used to having better healthcare insurance, you can thank the President for looking out for your best interests.

      • http://miraclesignsanddesigns.com Paul Wesley Miracle

        Yeah, then we won’t have a middle class anymore. You just will have the super rich, and the poor. Everyone will be equally living in poverty, but hey, we will all be equal!

  • Al

    He is ok, because he is a Tea Party conservative.

  • Barry Roope

    This teabagger got busted for buying an 8 ball (3 and a half grams) of cocaine, yet he wants to drug test food stamp recipients, what a lowlife piece of shit, hopefully his political career is over. Imagine if he was poor and depended on food stamps to feed his family, his own children would be starved because of his selfish desire to get high on cocaine. Starving the children of drug users is a stupid and cruel answer to a problem that dosen’t exist, they did a study and proved that Food stamp recipients use drugs less than the general public does. The teabaggers are so full of hate, they have no place in civilized society. I hope one day, Americans look back on this time, and the name Tea Party, and ask themselves why America allowed such a cancer on society to exist. The Tea party will be the modern version of being called a Benedict Arnold.

  • http://miraclesignsanddesigns.com Paul Wesley Miracle

    I notice you don’t mention how Michelle took almost a trillion out of the food stamps benefits to pass for her “lets move” campaign. Not to mention Obama was involved in cocaine himself. And all the rest of them must be on some sort of drugs. More proof they are all corrupt, all scandalous, and we need to remove them all from office. Left/Right, they are bought bought off. If you still are playing into partisan bull crap, then you are obviously blind.