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November 21st, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Roundtable: Does Congressman Radel, busted buying cocaine, have no shame?

Congressman Trey Radel, R-Florida, was busted in Washington, D.C., buying an eight-ball of cocaine. He checked himself into rehab on Thursday, but announced no plans to step down.

"It's entirely bizarre that he's still a congressman. Is there no shame anymore?" said Michael Warren, of The Weekly Standard.

"He's captured by a D.E.A. agent. ... He's got a young kid, got young kids, got a wife, and he's supposed to be up here upholding the law and he's breaking the law in such a terrible way," said Warren.

"There's a lot of people up here that think he could well survive," said Politico's Mike Allen. "What we're hearing at the Capitol today is he's well-liked, he's saying it's an addiction, if there's nothing else out there, if another shoe doesn't drop, amazingly, he's probably going to keep his office."

There is also a hypocrisy angle, Radel supported a provision to require that people who receive food stamps be drug tested.

"Hypocrisy is rarely enough to do you in," said Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson.

"It's out of the playbook of politicians. You check into rehab and you've really got a lot of room. Because people like that" said Carlson. "It's now an addiction. He can fix it. He comes out – clean slate."

CNN's Edward Meagher contributed to this report.

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