Congressman Goes Back To Washington After Coke Bust

Trey Radel is still being investigated by House Ethics Committee

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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.

The Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last year is due back in Congress this week after completing a rehab program during his leave of absence.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) said he’s excited to get back to work representing southwest Florida in the House of Representatives, NBC reports. Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November after he was busted buying drugs from an undercover cop. He took a leave of absence and completed a rehab program, then promised his constituents he’d regain their trust by fighting for them on Capitol Hill.

But Radel’s future on the Hill is still shaky. His conduct is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee and he’s resisted calls for his resignation from some colleagues.

[NBC]

2 comments
Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

Will the perfect person with no faults please step up and throw the first stone, otherwise who the hell cares, if he's doing the job better than anyone else would(I know congress sucks blah blah blah) then get over the petty stuff that in reality doesn't mean anything.  If he's a coke head who its effecting his job then it should be obvious to those around then by all means worry about him, if its him trying to have him a good weekend, then guess what, we aren't on this earth for that long, quit worrying about the petty stuff in life. 

therealdude
therealdude

@Realworldnonfantasyland  I don't care about his "habbit" or his political party. But what he did was a third degree felony. If this were you or me, we would face up to five years in prison and/or a 25k fine and get fired. Why should they let him off and throw the book at some other poor sap for doing the same exact thing?

If they're going to, they should just go ahead and throw the entire CSA in the can along with the DEA and let people do whatever they want anyway--it's working right now in Colorado with pot, btw. But it's not right that this guy gets off and even gets to keep his cushy job in congress while anyone else would get the hammer.