WASHINGTON — Rep.
Radel was arrested on Oct. 29 on a charge of cocaine possession, according to
In a statement released after the news broke, Radel 39 and a former radio talk show host from Fort Myers, said his 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 easily defeated his Democratic opponent in 2012 to succeed Rep.
Radel describes himself on his Twitter profile as a "hip hop conservative." He posted several messages on the day of his arrest, including two on issues involving the Affordable Care Act.
The House was in session the day of the arrest, and Radel participated in every vote that day, as well as the following day. He has not cast a vote in any of the four roll calls held this week.