Updated 1:55 p.m. | Rep. Trey Radel's former rivals and potential successors in Florida's 19th District reacted Monday to his resignation from Congress.
State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, who is not yet officially a candidate for the seat, also weighed in.
"Today I want to recognize and commend Trey for making the right decision," she said in a written statement. "Trey, his wife Amy, and their precious son have been and will remain in my prayers."
"This announcement also makes it clear that Southwest Florida families will soon choose a new voice to represent them in Congress. I will consider the best way I can be of service to Florida and our region," she added. "This includes talking to my neighbors, my friends, and my family to seek their guidance moving forward.”
Chauncey Goss II, son of former Republican Rep. Porter Goss, is also an oft-mentioned contender. Businessman Curt Clawson filed his statement of candidacy on Jan. 16.
Emma Dumain contributed to this report.