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Trey Radel

Trey Radel
Trey Radel, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th district

January 3, 2013 - January 27, 2014
Connie Mack IV (Redistricting)
Curt Clawson
Personal details
Henry Jude Radel III[1]

(1976-04-20) April 20, 1976 (age 43)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amy Wegmann Radel
ChildrenHenry Jude Radel IV
ResidenceFort Myers, Florida
OccupationRadio host/television personality, reporter, businessman

Henry Jude "Trey" Radel III (born April 20, 1976) is an American journalist, author, actor, and former member of the United States House of Representatives. Radel represented Florida's 19th congressional district from January 3, 2013 through January 27, 2014, sworn into the 113th United States Congress. A Republican, Radel had previously worked as a television reporter and anchor as well as a conservative talk radio host, a position he returned to in 2016.[2] The district is located in Southwest Florida and includes Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.

Radel is the author of Democrazy.[3] Published by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of the Random House company, the book was released March 28, 2017.[4]

Radel also works as an actor, with a recurring role as a TV news anchor on the show StartUp on the Sony owned App Crackle. He also played the lead, starring as a detective, in the series Truth is Stranger than Florida on the Investigation Discovery network.[5]

Early life and education

Trey Radel was born in 1976 in Cincinnati, the son of Kathleen (Sollinger) and Henry Jude Radel, Jr.[6] He attended Elder High School.[7] Radel majored in communications and minored in Italian at Loyola University Chicago.[8]

Media career

Radel was trained as an actor and a comedian and performed improvisational work at Second City in Chicago.[9] Radel began his career as a journalist, working as both an anchor and a reporter. He interned for CNN at its headquarters in Atlanta. He then worked for CBS affiliates KHOU in Houston and WBBM in Chicago. He was a TV and radio talk show host of Daybreak, on WINK-TV[10] & WFSX-FM 92.5 Fox News Radio.[11] He returned to mornings on WFSX-FM in September 2016,[2] moving to afternoon drive time a year later.[12]

In 2005, Radel bought the Naples Journal, a community newspaper that he later sold to the E.W. Scripps Company, the owner of Naples Daily News.[8] In 2007, after selling the Journal, Radel returned to WINK. He remained at the station until in 2009,[8] when he founded Trey Communications LLC, a conservative media relations firm. The company purchased and sold domain names, including some of a pornographic nature.[13]

He and his wife founded a nonprofit organization called the U.S. Forces Fund, which focuses on helping injured soldiers returning home from abroad.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican 14th District Congressman Connie Mack IV decided not to run for reelection to his seat, in order to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Radel decided to run in the open seat, which had been renumbered as the 19th District. Five other Republican candidates also filed to run.

Controversy occurred when it was discovered that the campaign committee "Friends of Trey Radel, Inc." had purchased his opponents' domain names nearly a year before he announced he was going to run for office.[15] When this was revealed, he denied knowing about it, blaming it on staff, but eventually admitted he had purchased the domain names.[15] Subsequently, his campaign committee created websites and attached them to his opponents' domain names, purportedly for the purpose of disseminating the voting records of the opponents, which were posted on the websites.[15]

Radel's political philosophy is conservative, but he nevertheless has said he supports the principles of the DREAM Act.[16] Radel was endorsed by the incumbent Connie Mack IV, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.[17] Chauncey Goss (who finished second to Radel in the primary)[18] was endorsed by U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan.[19] Radel won the primary with 30% of the vote, primarily on the strength of his showing in his native Lee County.[20] His primary campaign featured a "Tea Party-tinged" message.[8]

In the general election Radel faced Democrat Jim Roach of Cape Coral, a retired GM research engineer and Vietnam veteran. Radel was heavily favored to win because 19th has long been reckoned as one of the most Republican districts in Florida. Radel won the 2012 election with 63% of the vote.[21]

The financial disclosure reports Radel submitted during his campaign were inaccurate, a fact that Radel attributed to his accountant's error. An amended disclosure form filed the day after the election showed that Radel had far more assets than originally disclosed.[22]

Committee assignments

Conviction and resignation

On October 29, 2013, Radel was arrested in the District of Columbia after attempting to buy 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover federal officer.[23][24] Less than a month later, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[25]

Following his conviction for cocaine possession, Radel went on a self-imposed leave of absence to undergo addiction rehabilitation, announcing that he would be donating his salary to charity during his absence. Radel stopped short of resigning.[24][26] The Republican Party of Florida and Governor Rick Scott called for his resignation.[23] On January 27, 2014, Radel announced he would resign from Congress.[27][23][28] He had not voted in Congress after November 15, 2013 in the wake of the conviction.[29] In late January 2014, Radel officially tendered his resignation in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner. Republican businessman Curt Clawson won the special general election held on June 24, 2014 to replace him.

Radel completed all conditions of his probation in October 2014, and he successfully petitioned the court to expunge his criminal record.[30][31]

Career after resignation

In 2015, after resigning from Congress, Radel established a media consulting and crisis management firm, Trey Radel Media Group, with two other partners, including his former campaign manager and district director and another partner.[32] In 2016, he returned to talk radio as host of Fox 92.5's Daybreak, which he had hosted before entering Congress.[2]

In 2017, Radel published Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food (2017), a book published by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Random House.[3][33]

Personal life

Radel is married to FOX-4 anchor Amy Wegmann.[34] They have one child, and live in Fort Myers.[35]

See also


  1. ^ Radel, Henry J. III, FEC filing for office
  2. ^ a b c Glorioso, Alexandra (September 2, 2016). "Trey Radel to host SWFL radio show Daybreak again". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2017. Trey Radel, who resigned his congressional seat in the wake of a cocaine scandal, will return to the radio job he had before politics, hosting the Daybreak for Fox 92.5.
  3. ^ a b Radel, Trey (2017). Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food. Blue Rider Press. ISBN 9780735210721.
  4. ^ "Google e-books Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food".
  5. ^ "Trey Radel". IMDb. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Kathleen RADEL's Obituary on The Cincinnati Enquirer". January 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "Fla. Congressman charged with cocaine possession has Cincinnati ties". WXIX. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d Cocaine and the Congressman: The Trey Radel you didn't know, Naples Daily News (November 23, 2013).
  9. ^ "Insert Name - A - Insert Name at Voice123". November 3, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Florida News Center » Blog Archive » Radel takes job on conservative radio...". Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "Trey Radel from 92.5 Fox News Radio at SWFLYR meeting - Lee Liberty Caucus (Fort Myers, FL)". Meetup. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ Batten, Brent (September 22, 2017). "Drew Steele coming back, Trey Radel to move to afternoons". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2017. Changes are coming to 92.5 Fox News radio.
  13. ^ Meneimer, Stephanie. "Florida GOP Candidate Has History of Registering Sex-Themed Web Addresses". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "Florida Division of Corporations". Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b c Ward, Kenric. "Trey Radel Shuts "Domain Gate" - Will Give Up Websites". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "» Trey Radel Just Can't Seem To Avoid Controversy". July 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "Endorsements « Trey Radel". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ "Florida Division of Elections". Archived from the original on November 5, 2014.
  19. ^ Buzzacco, Jenna (August 14, 2012). "Radel declares victory in Southwest Florida race for Congress". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2012.
  20. ^ "FL District 19 - R Primary Race - Aug 14, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012.
  21. ^ "Redistricting Florida U.S. House Districts | - St. Petersburg Times". Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ Staats, Eric (December 17, 2012). "Rep. Radel's amended financial report, filed day after election, shows much greater wealth". Naples Daily News. Archived from the original on December 26, 2012.
  23. ^ a b c "Trey Radel: Florida Republicans urge cocaine congressman to quit". BBC News. November 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  24. ^ a b Luscombe, Richard (January 27, 2014). "Florida congressman Trey Radel to resign after cocaine conviction". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014.
  25. ^ Sherman, Jake (November 20, 2013). "Trey Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession". Politico. Retrieved 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  26. ^ Sherman, Jake. "Trey Radel taking leave of absence from Congress". Politico. Retrieved 2013.
  27. ^ Sherman, Jake; Isenstadt, Alex (January 27, 2014). "Radel resigns from House seat". Politico. Retrieved 2014.
  28. ^ Henderson, Jeff (November 28, 2013). "Republicans Gear Up to Replace Trey Radel in Congress". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  29. ^ Thorp, Frank (January 2, 2014). "Out of rehab, Radel to return to House next week". NBC News.
  30. ^ Camia, Catalina. "Trey Radel's criminal record cleared of cocaine charge". USA Today Politics. Retrieved 2014.
  31. ^ King, Ledyard (October 30, 2014). "Ex-congressman Trey Radel's record expunged". The News-Press.
  32. ^ Ryan Mills, Former Congressman Trey Radel opens media consulting company, Naples Daily News (March 6, 2015).
  33. ^ Kurtz, Judy (March 29, 2017). "Former Rep. Trey Radel says 'cliques' have Congress at standstill". The Hill. Retrieved 2017.
  34. ^ "Broadcaster Trey Radel running for Connie Mack's congressional seat". Naples Daily News. January 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  35. ^ "Florida House District 19 race: Republican primary candidates". Naples Daily News. August 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ted Deutch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th congressional district

January 3, 2013 - January 27, 2014
Succeeded by
Curt Clawson

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