Radel to Take Leave of Absence

by Matt Fuller, RollCall.com
November 21, 2013

Rep. Trey Radel won’t resign, but he will take a leave of absence.

The Florida Republican faced the media late Wednesday night after pleading guilty earlier in the day to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine. Radel apologized and said he would take a leave of absence while he seeks “intensive” inpatient treatment, but he also said he wasn’t stepping down.

“I will be taking a leave of absence,” Radel told reporters against the backdrop of a white wall, flanked by an American flag to his right and a Florida state flag to his left. “During that time, I’m going to donate my salary to a charity.”

He did not say he would be donating his salary for the time that he was serving in Congress and using cocaine.

What Radel did say was that he was sorry, that there was no excuse for his actions, that he needed to regain the trust of his constituents and take responsibility for his behavior.

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