WASHINGTON — Rep.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday.
The felony charge stems from an Oct. 29 incident involving an undercover buy, according to a law enforcement source who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to comment publicly. Radel, 37, came to the attention of the
Radel, who was not formally arrested, could face a maximum of 180 days imprisonment and a fine of $1,000. But as a first-time offender, the congressman could ask the court to defer sentencing and place him on probation.
In a statement released after the news broke, Radel, a former radio talk show host, said that a struggle with alcoholism "led to an extremely irresponsible choice" and that he would seek counseling. He also said he stood "ready to face the consequences of my actions."
"I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of southwest Florida," Radel said. "As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.
"I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease," he added.
Radel, of Fort Myers, had not served in public office until his election to
The House was in session that day, and Radel participated in every vote, as well as those the following day. He has not voted this week.
A spokesman for House Speaker
"The alleged crime will be handled by the courts. Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family and his constituents," the spokesman said.
House Minority Leader
ly after the House Republican majority voted to require food stamp recipients to take drug tests.