Rep. Trey Radel resigns over cocaine possession charges

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Miami, FL, United States (4E) – Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fl.) resigned on Monday, two months after he was convicted of cocaine possession.

Radel, 37, said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that his personal struggles impeded his ability to serve in Congress.”

After pleading guilty to the charge and undergoing substance abuse rehabilitation treatment, the first-term congressman returned to work this month despite calls by state party leaders for him to resign. He apologized to fellow Republican lawmakers during a closed-door meeting on Jan. 8.

Radel was caught buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29. On Nov. 20, he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession charges. The District of Columbia Superior Court sentenced him to supervised probation for one year, ordered him to undergo substance abuse treatment and fined $250.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott (R) will set the date for the special election to fill Radel’s seat. Former state Rep. Paige Kreegel, who won about 18 percent of the vote in the 2012 Republican primary dominated by Radel, is seeking the vacated seat covering Florida’s 19th district, which runs from Fort Myers down to Naples.

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