Rep. Trey Radel Gets Out of Rehab, Says He Won’t Resign

The first-year Congressman was busted for buying coke from an undercover cop in October

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Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla.

After completing inpatient rehab treatment Thursday, Republican Congressman Trey Radel of Florida announced that he would not resign his seat in the House of Representatives.

“I love what I do, and I’m going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in D.C.,” the freshman congressman said. “No-one will take away my passion when it comes to serving southwest Florida.”

Radel, who pled guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in Nov. after he was caught buying $250 of cocaine from an undercover police officer in Oct., said that he had only used the drug “a handful of times” and that he was in treatment for alcohol, not cocaine. He was sentenced to 1-year probation.

“I’ve been treated for the disease of alcoholism,” he said. “Alcohol is my issue.”

On Monday the House Ethics Committee unanimously voted Monday to investigate Congressman Radel to determine whether he violated the House Code of Conduct.

Radel, who calls himself a “hip hop conservative” on Twitter, said that he had never been drunk or high while voting on Capitol Hill, but that he has to undergo mandatory drug testing as part of his sentencing. He said that drugs and alcohol “never interfered with my Congressional obligations.”

“I let you down, I let our country down,” he said.”And I will do everything in my power to make it up to you and regain your trust.” He called his drug use “my personal issue on personal time” and said that “this was my mistake, my doing.”

When asked when the cocaine use started, Radel said, “like many others in college, I experimented with drugs.”

13 comments
CyndiCarter
CyndiCarter

So let's see this means that when we were electing Clinton, he got harassed for smoking marijuana but not inhaling. Yeah, Right.............. George Bush gets elected not once but twice and he has a coke and alcohol habit that was never spoken about by the press or the other side. Obama lived a drug free life, or they would have already had his head on a platter................ the conclusion is that you can only be a stoned (no matter what drug is your choice) elected official if you are a Republican! 


Dumbass Congressman Radel ~ an addict is an addict is an addict. The drug isn't the problem. The fact that you can't own up to your own life is the problem. Good Luck with that

DumbingDownOfAmerica
DumbingDownOfAmerica

Mario Cuomo got 9 months in prison.  Radell gets rehab after BUYING $250 of cocaine.  Apparently rehab did NOTHING for him other than create a liar out of yet another politician with his crap "he had only used the drug “a handful of times” and that he was in treatment for alcohol, not cocaine."  So if he went to treatment for alcohol, he didn't do anything wrong in relation to cocaine? 

If anyone of us were found to be doing cocaine, we would be fired immediately. How high can a casual (rarely used) cocaine user get on $250 of cocaine?

Hermione
Hermione

There are many people, in this country, that have permanent police records for marijuana possession, but this guy gets a slap on the wrist?

Not fair.

This war on drugs has got to go.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Amazing how when a Liberal does something wrong they are pushed out of office, and yet conservatives like Vitter, Craig and now Radel get a quick rinse and back in the cesspool they go.

sacredh
sacredh

" Radel, who calls himself a “hip hop conservative” on Twitter, said that he had never been drunk or high while voting on Capitol Hill, but that he has to undergo mandatory drug testing as part of his sentencing. He said that drugs and alcohol “never interfered with my Congressional obligations.”

Since the GOP house members never did anything except obstruct, I'm inclined to believe him.

ReneAbril
ReneAbril

His issue isn't cocaine? Seems like he has $250.00 of taxpayers money to throw around on things he doesn't like? Wait a minute, who's on drugs here me or Radel? LOL

ReneAbril
ReneAbril

Yeah! Right! And I'm Peter Pan and I fly around with Tinkerbell and...... blah...blah... blah.... He should however be grateful he is white because if he were African or Hispanic in Texas he'd be in prison now. He wouldn't have to worry about serving the people cooking crack in his apartment or buying drugs from under-covers....

sacredh
sacredh

Not even a snow ball's chance in hell?

JamesMcAllister
JamesMcAllister

“I love what I do, and I’m going to return to what I do..."  


And what he loves to do is cocaine.  Lol. 



Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

He must be a quick study. All cured in a month! 

sacredh
sacredh

Or was that eight ball?

jameso
jameso

@Paul,nnto I had to chuckle at that too.  Little quickie rehabs so they can say that they were rehabilitated.