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Bridget Johnson


November 19, 2013 - 2:31 pm

A freshman Republican was charged today with possession of a controlled substance stemming from an Oct. 29 incident in D.C. that allegedly involved cocaine.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will be arraigned tomorrow on the misdemeanor charge issued via a D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury indictment.

“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida,” Radel said in a statement released after the news broke. “I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. 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.”

“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” the 37-year-old congressman continued. “However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling.”

Radel added that by facing his problem and overcoming it he can become “an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Radel is a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Transportation committees. He cast House votes the day of the arrest and the day after.

He faces a maximum penalty of 180 days behind bars and up to a $1,000 fine.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'm not making excuses for this man, but if one Republican is caught doing something improper in Washington I always think of the dozens of Democrats who do the same thing without getting caught. For a Democrat to face this public humiliation he/she would have to be found hanging out in a schoolyard with a suitcase full of coke.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I hope he gets help back in Florida, and goes back to his family and deals with it and, yes, resigns immediately. The country's not doing so hot and if you want to get elected to get rich and snort coke at parties in Washington you are part of the problem please go away.
39 weeks ago
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If he was a Mooslim Bruthahood "diplomat" caught with a suitcase of cocaine, underage sex slaves, and automatic weapons....he would've been let go. No, seriously, he would've been let go. But, he's not afforded 'diplomatic immunity' and if he has ANY decency at all he will RESIGN immediately.

Remember BENGHAZI!
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Maybe he thought he was the mayor of Toronto or something.
39 weeks ago
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"Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will be arraigned tomorrow on the misdemeanor charge issued via a D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury indictment."

Dang, a Grand Jury was needed for a misdemeanor indictment?

Funny how when busted & facing jail time, people suddenly discover: 1. They have a family, 2. They have a job, 3. They need treatment & counseling, and not infrequently (although Radel doesn't mention this one) 4. Jesus.
Why didn't you consider all those things BEFORE you bought, possessed and/or consumed cocaine??? (allegedly) Not to mention how this negatively affects other Republicans across our fruited plain, you dolt!
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