Rep. Trey Radel Resigns From Office After Cocaine Scandal
Florida congressman Trey Radel has resigned from his seat due to his drug scandal that took place at the end of last year. Two months after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession, the Republican politician submitted a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that said he will step down effective as of this evening. It’s unclear what his next moves will be professionally.
“Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences,” wrote Radel. “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.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he supported Radel’s decision and said he hoped “he continues to put his attention on rehabilitation and his family.” The House Ethics Committee said they would launch an investigation into Radel’s conduct last month, but it appears that the case will no longer move forward.
Radel was caught buying cocaine from an undercover police in officer on Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C. Three weeks later, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to supervised probation for one year, ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment and fined $250. Several politicians called for Radel to resign from office afterwards, including Scott but he refused to do so and returned to work shortly after completing his 30-day rehab stay. “I love what I do, and I’m going to return to what I do,” Radel said. “No one will take away my passion when it comes to serving southwest Florida.”