Trey Radel (R-Fla.), the freshman member of Congress arrested for cocaine possession late last month, backed a GOP plan to make food-stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they were drug-free and hence worthy of eating.
That debate culminated in Radel’s vote for a bill that would have authorized states to withhold food stamps from applicants who didn’t submit to a drug urinalysis.
Radel pleaded guilty this morning to cocaine possession. Look, the merit of the proposal to drug-test food stamp recipients doesn’t stand or fall on the hypocrisy of members of Congress. But it does mean Radel is sleazy and should resign. If he expects poor people to avoid using drugs as a condition of getting help buying groceries, surely he believes that using drugs is a disqualifying condition for serving in Congress. Those to whom much is given, much is expected, and stuff.