Rep. Trey Radel Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge, Takes Leave of Absence (VIDEO)
Matt | On 21, Nov 2013
Rep. Trey Radel (R-Florida) announced on Wednesday night that he is taking a temporary leave of absence from the U.S. House of Representatives. He was charged with cocaine possession after a DEA sting that allegedly caught him buying the illegal substance. Federal authorities were tipped off to Radel buying the drug via one of his dealers.
Earlier on Wednesday, Radel appeared in court in Washington, D.C. admitting that he was in possession of cocaine and bought it from undercover agents on October 29. He received one year of probation with “minimal supervision,” according to ABC News.
I love the TV show ‘Scandal’ and Radel’s press conference looked like a page right out of Olivia Pope’s playbook. Radel referenced the support of his wife and their toddler son. He repeatedly apologized for his actions — saying he let down the country, his constituents, and his family. It was the mark of a well-orchestrated presser.
All jokes aside, it is good to see Radel own up to his actions and seek help in the public light. I am sure it is not an easy move, but he needed to do it for himself, his family, and the constituents of South Florida.
Radel says he will donate his salary to charity while he is away on leave.
The congressman’s self-imposted absence is more than we can say for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. He still refuses to step down from office after his admission that he used crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs within the past two years.