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Cocaine Congressman Trey Radel to Resign

Despite vowing to serve out his term, the embattled Florida congressman has decided to call it quits after all.

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By Shawn Dwyer

01/27/14

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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who was charged with cocaine possession while buying three grams of the substance from an undercover officer last October, will resign from office.

The infamous cocaine congressman was given a year of probation following his conviction and took a leave of absence in order to “focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family,” said Larry Curry, chairman for the Republican Party of Florida. At the time, Radel blamed his abuse of cocaine on a larger struggle with alcohol and vowed to return to the House of Representatives once he completed treatment. He did just that a couple of weeks ago, but Radel was bombarded with calls from members of his own party, including Florida Governor Rick Scott, to step aside immediately. Of course, he initially refused. "I love what I do, and I'm going to return to what I do," Radel said. "No one will take away my passion when it comes to serving southwest Florida."

But Radel eventually did cave and sent his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner this morning. "Regardless of some personal struggles in 2013, this year has already been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith," he said in the letter. "Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences. While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, 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."

Radel’s resignation is effective today at 6:30pm EST.

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