Just when you were beginning to get a little tired of Politicians Gone Wild, Politico is reporting that Congressman Trey Radel, R-Fla., was arrested on October 29 for possession of cocaine in D.C. The freshman congressman is slated to go to court on Wednesday. Take that, Rob Ford!
In a press statement, Radel says that he “struggle[s] with the disease of alchoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice.” He also said that “I need to get help so I can be a better man” to his family. The statement suggests that Radel will soon be seeking treatment. You can read it in full below.
Radel has previously been known as the member of Congress most likely to tweet about his airplane travel. He even has his own airplane hashtag:
Really though, the guy is super into air travel. The congressman has also written for BuzzFeed about the wonders of Sky Mall.
The congressman also has a fondness for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. Back in July when the album came out, Radel sent off a barrage of tweets praising the record as being “pretty sick.” Enter the obligatory “99 Problems” reference.
Radel’s hip-hop appreciation helped spur a “Radel Strives to Lend Cool Factor to GOP” story in The Hill this summer. Which, in hindsight, has panned out maybe a little too well.
For some reason, we think Randel’s Twitter-specific notoriety is about to change. Radel did tweet a bit amount on the day he was arrested. A sampling:
And, for what it’s worth, he was back up on Twitter by 9 a.m. the next morning. As HOVA would say, can’t stop the hustle.
The full statement from Rep. Radel:
“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”
“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions.”
“However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”
“Please keep my family in your prayers.”