Florida Congressman Urged to Quit After Cocaine Scandal

State’s GOP leaders say Trey Radel should focus on rehab, not politics

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Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel meets with local media during a news conference at his district office in Cape Coral, Fla., on Nov. 20, 2013.

After pleading guilty to possessing cocaine in a Washington D.C. courtroom last week, Florida House Representative Trey Radel is facing pressure to resign from his Republican colleagues.

According to a report in Politico, Florida’s state party chairman Lenny Curry along with two other top Republican leaders have urged the embattled Congressman to step down and focus on rehabilitation.

“The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100% focused on the needs of Southwest Florida,” said Curry in a statement.

Following last week’s trial, Radel announced that he would be taking temporary leave to seek treatment and would be donating his salary to charity during his absence.

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