Politico -by JAKE SHERMAN and ALEX ISENSTADT
Rep. Trey Radel resigned from Congress on Monday, ending a once promising career that collapsed after the Florida Republican was caught buying cocaine from a federal law enforcement agent.
Radel, 37, spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility late last year before returning to Congress after the winter recess.
He sent a letter on Monday to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announcing his resignation, saying it “is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.” He said that 2014 has already “been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith.”
His resignation is effective Monday at 6:30 p.m. It’s up to Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott to schedule a special election for Radel’s seat. His southwest Florida district is solidly Republican — Mitt Romney won the district with 61 percent of the vote.
The race for Radel’s seat had begun even before he decided to resign. Republican Paige Kreegel, a former state representative, has already launched a campaign for the 19th District. Kreegel, who finished third to Radel in a 2012 primary, has drawn the support of a super PAC, which has raised $1 million with the intention of helping him win the seat.
Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Republican leader in the Florida Senate in Tallahassee, is widely expected to run for the seat. Former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), who held the seat before Radel, has also mulled over a run. In a statement, Mack said Radel made the right decision, and noted that it’s now time for the district to elect a new congressman. He then mentioned his economic plan.
Before this incident, Radel looked like he had a bright career. He gained prominence by playful banter on Twitter. He called himself the hip hop congressman.
But in October 2013, Radel was caught buying cocaine at a Dupont Circle restaurant from an undercover federal agent. He didn’t tell his colleagues or House Republican leadership about the incident. But on Nov. 20, it became public when Radel appeared in D.C. court to plead guilty to charges that he possessed cocaine. While Radel was in rehab, his staff — many of them junior aides — kept his office afloat.
Top Florida GOP leaders — including the governor and senior party officials — publicly called on Radel to resign. He ignored the calls, and returned to Washington at the beginning of January. The House Ethics Committee launched its own investigation of Radel — an inquest they’ll now have to give up.
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This guy needs some loong term hard core drug rehab in patient treatment. As I can tell that he iis in denial and it will take loong term hard core inpatient treatment. Good old fashioned Synonon rehab center from the 60`s early 70`s and no less for this guy – seieing as to how he says he needs treatment, then he desearves good hardcore synonon type treatment, at least for two + years 😆 they told me that that kind of treatment works 😆 Remember that it was this puke that was all for testing people for drugs. F this pos a-hole