Lizbeth Benacquisto says Trey Radel made “right decision”

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State Senator Lizbenth Benacquisto, reacting to news of Trey Radel’s resignation from Congress, says the Southwest Florida Republican made the right decision.

“Today I want to recognize and commend Trey for making the right decision,” said Benacquisto in a statement. “He has acknowledged that his recovery requires a focus solely on his health and the well being of his family. Trey, his wife Amy, and their precious son have been and will remain in my prayers.”

As for the speculation that she might run in a special election to succeed Radel, Benacquisto was coy.

“This announcement also makes it clear that Southwest Florida families will soon choose a new voice to represent them in Congress,” said Leader Benacquisto. “I will consider the best way I can be of service to Florida and our region.”

Continued Benacquisto, “This includes talking to my neighbors, my friends, and my family to seek their guidance moving forward.”

Meanwhile, former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack in a statement says Radel’s decision is “very difficult, but it was the right” one.


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