Gingrich on Rep.’s Cocaine Bust: People Will Forgive If He Doesn’t Do It Again, Like Weiner

Former Republican presidential candidate and amateur zoo-tweeter Newt Gingrich proffered some advice for Representative Trey Radel (R-FL), currently in rehab for a cocaine bust: don’t do it again.

“Does he come out of rehab genuinely changed or is it all a gimmick? If it’s a gimmick, he won’t survive,” Gingrich told Saint Peters Blog during a book tour stop in Naples over the weekend. “The example we had with [Anthony] Weiner in New York is that people will forgive you once. They won’t forgive you twice.”

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Radel, a self-professed “hip-hop scholar” who was elected in to Congress in 2012, was arrested for cocaine use in October, a fact not disclosed until three weeks later. Radel announced a leave of absence from his seat two weeks ago.

[h/t HuffPost]

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