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Tea Party Congressman charged with cocaine possession, ‘I have a problem’

Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) arrested for cocaine possession.
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) arrested for cocaine possession.
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*Update: Nov. 20, 2013, 11 a.m.

Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL) was charged today in the D.C. Superior Court for possession of cocaine stemming from an arrest on Oct. 29. The Tea Party backed Congressman is facing a misdemeanor possession charge of cocaine, and is scheduled to be arraigned in court tomorrow, Wednesday Nov. 20.

If found guilty, the charge for this misdemeanor carries a maximum of 180 days in prison and/or a fine of $1,000, according to the U.S. attorney's office, who declined to comment on the case.

The Congressman released a statement saying he was sorry for letting his “family” down, and “the people of Southwest Florida”.

"I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida," Radel said in a statement released Tuesday. "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."

"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."

Rep. Trey Radel appears to suffer from the same problems of Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford who is also a drug addict, and has been in the headlines recently for admitting to “drunken stupors and smoking crack”.

A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner released a statement saying “the alleged crime will be handled by the courts”.

“Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott recently signed a Bill into Law that says all those receiving food stamps will have to first pass a drug test. Rick Scott owns the drug testing company Solantic Corp that will be conducting the tests and is set to make millions from this new law which will end up costing the Florida tax payers millions of dollars, Scott should consider expanding that test to his political candidates from his State of Florida.

*Update: Nov. 20, 2013, 11 a.m.

NBC News has reported that Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance on Wednesday. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

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