A day after top state and county Republicans called on him to "resign immediately," U.S. Rep. Trey Radel appeared to be relaxing at his posh rehab as he smoked a cigarette in the Naples sunshine.
Then the Naples Daily News showed up. Here's their report:
"I'm here talking to my buddy," he said. "I feel great. I am here focused on my family and my health."
"It really is upsetting," he continued, "As I sit here and work on focusing on my family and health with people coming and harassing me."
When pressed for details, Radel clammed up.
"I'll just leave it at that," he said.
So to recap: Radel, a former TV anchor and radio personality, appears to tell work reporters that they're "harassing" him because they want their congressman to answer questions after his conviction for cocaine possession. He should know better. This is a nationwide story and the subject of late-night TV jokes.
Plus, congressman, the reporters are actually working. You're not. Unlike members of the House of Representatives, who scheduled 126 work days this year, reporting is 24/7.
As long as your a nationwide story, reporters will cover you.