Florida Rep. Trey Radel, the self-described "hip hop conservative" who pled guilty to cocaine possession last week, doesn't want to resign. He says he feels "great" and wants to get back to work as soon as he's done with rehab for his admitted alcohol addiction. The Florida GOP does not agree.
Lenny Curry, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said in a statement on Monday night,
"The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida. Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family."
Update, 12:48 pm: Florida Governor Rick Scott says he agrees with Curry.
Two local GOP county chairmen from Radel's district concurred. But Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to stay out of it. He said last week, "Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents."
Update, 1:42 pm: Former Rep. Connie Mack is eyeing Radel's seat, Politico reports. Chauncey Goss, who lost to Radel in 2012, is also considering running again should Radel resign.