Florida Representative Trey Radel is taking a leave of absence after pleading guilty to cocaine possession late Wednesday night. He admitted earlier in D.C. Superior Court that he had purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine and said in a press conference that he would seek help for his issues.
Radel said that he would enter intensive drug treatment, professing that he was "profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida." He will also pay a $250 fine and undergo a year of probation.
Talking about his disappointment in himself and how he hoped to make it up to his family, Radel made the unfortunate choice to describe his wife as his "rock," which is maybe not the right word when related to cocaine possession.
Not sure that's the word you wanted, Rep. RT @mkraju: Rep. Radel in post-cocaine presser: "My wife is my rock."— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) November 21, 2013
Trey Radel says his wife is his "rock through all of this." Maybe not the best word choice ever.— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) November 21, 2013
In the press conference, Radel also said, "I've hit a bottom where I realize I need help. And I have aggressively pursued that help." At least he didn't say 'rock bottom'?
According to The Washington Post, House Speaker John Boehner was only made aware of Radel's Oct. 29th arrest Tuesday afternoon. In a statement from a spokesperson, he said, that congressional representatives "should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts."
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