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 D.C. office in June. 
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Elahe Izad
Jan. 27, 2014, 3:54 a.m.

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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