Florida Congressman To Resign After Cocaine Scandal [DOCUMENTS]

Florida Congressman To Resign After Cocaine Scandal [DOCUMENTS]

By: Associated Press News  Email
Updated: Mon 12:27 PM, Jan 27, 2014 | WCTV.Tv
Courtesy of CBS News

Courtesy of CBS News

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News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: January 27, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Florida says the congressman will resign after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year.

Dave Natonski says the freshman Republican will step down Monday and will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

Politico first reported the upcoming resignation.

On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington.

Several GOP leaders had asked him to resign. But Radel had pledged to stay in office and rebuild constituents’ trust after completing in-patient treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

Radel had been in office for 10 months when charged. His district includes the Gulf Coast cities of Fort Myers and Naples.


 

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: January 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — House aides say a Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession has apologized to his Republican colleagues.

The aides say Rep. Trey Radel was emotional as he spoke briefly during a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. They said Radel thanked lawmakers who reached out to him, said he was in a good place and had found a good support group.

One aide said the lawmakers responded with moderate applause.

The 37-year-old Radel is a tea party-backed freshman who pleaded guilty in November to cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year on probation. The House Ethics Committee has said it will investigate his actions.

Radel has said he will not resign.

The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the private meeting by name.


 

News Release: Associated Press News

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year is returning to Congress.

Republican Rep. Trey Radel says he’s looking forward to representing his southwest Florida constituents in Washington again after taking a leave of absence and undergoing treatment in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

In November, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Washington on Oct. 29.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating his conduct.

The 37-year-old freshman has resisted calls from several GOP leaders, including Gov. Rick Scott, to resign. Last month, Radel pledged to regain the trust of his constituents by redoubling his legislative efforts in the capital.


 

News Release: Associated Press News

MIAMI (AP) — Congressman Trey Radel of Florida said he will not resign despite pleading guilty to cocaine possession charges.

The freshman Republican made the announcement in his Cape Coral office Thursday, shortly after leaving a rehabilitation center and a month after entering his plea.

He told a news conference that alcohol was the root of his problem and he vowed to remain sober.

On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood on Oct. 29.

The 37-year-old Radel defied Gov. Rick Scott and several GOP leaders who have called his resignation.

Radel is a former TV news anchor and had been in office for 10 months when he was charged. His district includes the Gulf Coast cities of Fort Myers and Naples.

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