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Florida Congressman Trey Radel Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Wed, November 20, 2013 5:58pm EDT by 3 Comments

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford might be sleeping a little bit easier tonight. Florida Congressman Trey Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Nov. 20, admitting that he purchased the drug from an undercover officer back in October.

Well this blows! Mere days after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made headlines for using crack cocaine, the Washington Post has confirmed that conservative Florida Rep Trey Radel plead guilty to a regular cocaine possession charge in D.C. Superior Court. Read on for more details!

Trey Radel: ‘I’m Profoundly Sorry’

Say what you will about Rep. Radel’s cocaine habit, at least — unlike Mayor Ford — he’s admitting to it. The GOP-er Radel was caught white-handed when he purchased the drug from an undercover cop last month, and now he’s paying the price with this very public humiliation. Rep. Radel has not confirmed any plans to resign, but he did take to his Facebook page to apologize to his constituents.

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.

Trey Radel: What’s Next?

Radel, a former TV broadcaster who was only 10 months into his first term, was sentenced to one year of probation for his misdemeanor charge. He will also undergo treatment at a rehab facility in Florida, and claims that he will seek counseling back in D.C. to regain control over his demons.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Rep. Radel resign?

— Shaunna Murphy

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