Rep. Trey Radel Charged With Cocaine Possession, Shows Canada That the U.S. Still Has It

What else have you got, Toronto.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) speaks during a press conference, on Capitol Hill, July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Matt Berman
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Matt Berman
Nov. 19, 2013, 11:29 a.m.

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.”

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