Birthdate: April 20, 1976
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Residence: Ft. Myers, FL
Religion: Roman Catholic
District: District 19
Trey Radel was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently resides in Ft. Myers, Fl. He received a bachelor's degree in communications from Loyola University Chicago.
Radel is a well-known media personality in Southwest Florida. He was an anchor on the CBS affiliate WINK-TV from 2007 to 2010 before he began hosting a conservative television and radio program called Daybreak.
Radel also ran a separate company that was involved in the purchase and selling of domain names. He stepped down as a television and radio host when he started his campaign for Congress.
Radel and his wife, Amy Wegmann, have a son.
Trey Radel is a well-known conservative media personality from Southwest Florida who has aligned himself with the tea party movement and has loudly criticized the federal deficit and the federal government.
Radel has centered his campaign around a message that he's not a politician and that he wants to do everything he can to cut spending. He opposes the 2010 health care reform bill, saying he would vote for its repeal. He says he would never ever vote for any kind of tax increase.
He is seeking the congressional seat that has been held by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Radel came in first in a crowded August 2012 GOP primary that included five other candidates _ including two members of the Florida Legislature and the son of former CIA director Porter Goss who had been endorsed by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Radel took nearly 30 percent of the vote for the 19th Congressional District, which includes parts of Lee and Collier counties. He faces Democrat Jim Roach in the November general election. The district is considered solidly Republican.
Before the primary Radel's campaign was criticized for purchasing online domain names that featured the names of his opponents. Radel eventually agreed to give up the domain names. But the issue flared up again when it was reported that his media relations company has also owned the domain names of sites such as onlinesexguide.com. Radel said his company sold thousands of names and that he never placed any content on them.
Besides his campaign message on the deficit, Radel also has called for returning education policy to the local level. He says most U.S. foreign aid should be reset to zero and re-evaluated, other than aid to Israel and Colombia.
Radel says his energy policy is "drill here, drill now" and that the United States should end its dependence on foreign countries.
Source: Associated Press