First-term Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida was arrested on October 29 for cocaine possession, according to court documents obtained by Politico. The Congressman will apparently make a court appearance on Wednesday. He was officially charged on Tuesday for a misdemeanor possession. Radel, who is considered a Tea Party politician is on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The charge carries a maximum of 180 days in jail, and a fine of up to $1,000.
In a statement, Radel apologized to his family and constituents for the arrest, explaining that he "struggle(s) with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice." He continued:
In facing this charge, I realize the disappoint 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.
Radel also promised to "seek treatment and counseling." He added, "please keep my family in your prayers."
Here is the document:
Unsurprisingly, Radel's very active Twitter feed leaves little trace of the arrest on the 29th. Instead, the congressman was promoting his spot on the Geraldo Rivera show to discuss Obamacare. This was his last tweet on that day:
Radel is probably most internet famous for livetweeting the weirdness of the Skymall catalog. His most rent Buzzfeed community post was a "bro" riff on a series of frattish ads promoting Obamacare. He also wrote an attention-grabbing essay laying out why he describes himself as a "hip-hop conservative": " I find a conservative message in “Fight the Power” because I believe when government expands it becomes a political tool meant to oppress," he wrote.
Back when Radel was a candidate for the House, Mother Jones discovered that the candidate had registered a number of sexually provocative domain names under his now-defunct company. Many of those domains, like www.casadelasputas.com (whorehouse), www.mamadita.com (little blow job), were in Spanish. There's also the pretty straightforward www.sexguideonline.com.
As of now, there are few details out there on the circumstances of Radel's arrest. So while we wait, we'll leave you with this Vine:
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