WASHINGTON — Rep.
Radel, 37, planned to inform House Speaker
The first-term congressman, a former radio and television host in the southwest Florida area he represents, agreed to one year of probation after pleading guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine.
Radel had come to the attention of the
After his plea, Radel took a leave of absence from the House to begin undergoing treatment for what he said was a struggle with alcoholism. He returned to the Capitol this month, but at the time did not address his future, saying a possible reelection bid was "the absolute last thing on my mind."
Radel's decision to resign early would likely lead to a special election in the coming months to fill the seat for the rest of the year. Republicans would be favored to hold the 19th District, where