WASHINGTON - The
The 10-member panel voted unanimously to establish an investigative subcommittee that will determine whether Radel's actions violated congressional rules. It could recommend sanctions, including a formal censure or even expulsion.
Radel, 37, came to the attention of the
After pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of drug possession, Radel was sentenced to a year of probation.
The congressman acknowledged that a struggle with alcoholism "led to an extremely irresponsible choice" and has taken a leave of absence while he undergoes counseling.
Prominent Florida Republicans and the state's Democratic Party have called on Radel to resign.