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Trey Radel to Resign From Congress

The Florida Republican faced a primary challenge and an Ethics Committee investigation.

Rep. Trey Radel is interviewed in his Washington office in June. (Chet Susslin)

photo of Elahe Izadi
January 27, 2014

Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to buying cocaine in D.C. last year, will resign from Congress today, his office confirms.

The Florida Republican checked into a rehabilitation center for about a month after his arrest and pledged to return to the House. He also faced a House Ethics Committee investigation for the misdemeanour charge. 

"Regardless of some of my personal struggles in 2013, this year has already been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith," Radel wrote in his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner. "Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences. While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida."

 

"I love what I do," Radel said when he returned from rehab. "And I'm going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in Washington, D.C—which is working for you and your family."

Some Florida Republicans—including Gov. Rick Scott—have called on Radel to resign, and he faced a primary challenge from Paige Kreegel, a state lawmaker. Radel hadn't announced whether he planned to seek reelection. 

This story has been updated.

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