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October 20, 2014

Trey Radel Wanders Away From the Web

Back before he got pinched for cocaine possession, Rep. Trey Radel would light up his various social media channels several times a day with snarky observations, behind-the-congressional-scenes videos and quirky selfies.

Trey Radel Wanders Away From the Web

(Courtesy Trey Radel)

These days, his mind appears to be elsewhere.

Having recently returned to Congress after a brief stint in rehab, the Florida Republican has pretty much clammed up across the board. He has not shared anything on Facebook since blasting out his combo mea culpa/back-to-work statement on Dec. 29.

And Radel’s once robust Twitter feed boasts just three posts since a Dupont Circle drug buy blew up in his face back in November.

Radel’s office declined to comment on whether the radio silence is a mandatory part of his ongoing recovery program or a self-imposed moratorium. Regardless, the communication clampdown must be killing a guy who became a media darling via online antics such as:

10/24/13, 77 entries: hosted an impromptu Twitter townhall and perused the wonders of Skymall; tagged with #treyonplane

 

 

7/25/13, 38 tweets: more loopy product reviews on a travel day

 

 

10/22/13, 29 tweets: sustained anti-Affordable Care Act assault sprinkled with just a hint of classic hip-hop and pop culture references

 

 

10/28/13, 22 tweets: bringing the whole world along on a Capitol Dome tour; tagged with  #treydome

 

 

9/4/13, 20 tweets: studying up on foreign policy during the House debates on Syria

We suspect only time will tell (or perhaps the proper authorities?) if Radel will ever overcome this sudden shyness.

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