November 21st, 2013
07:10 AM ET
8 months ago

Rep. Trey Radel to take leave of absence, enter drug treatment

(CNN) - Calling his drug possession conviction a "wake up call," U.S. Rep. Trey Radel says he is taking a leave of absence for an unspecified time and will enter an in-patient drug treatment program.

"I have no excuse for what I have done. I have let down our country," he said at a news conference Wednesday night, hours after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine.

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  1. current state of the union

    Well, listening to lies all day isn't for everyone, sometimes somethings gotta give, wish him the best, that's a horrible road he's on, and will test his integrity the rest of his life, good luck to you

    November 21, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Yesterday I wrote a comment somewhat sympathetic to this guy, just based on my own dogma against our ridiculous drug laws.

    I have since learned that, as Congressman, he has voted to demand drug testing on out-of-work folks before they receive safety-net benefits.

    Today I say: throw him in gaol. For the hypocrisy.

    November 21, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    If he was in his home state of Florida, this misdemeanor would be a felony. But since he's a congressman, all he'll get is a slap on the wrist. Watching his press conference last night, noticed how he flew out of the room before the reporter can ask him about his vote for people receiving food stamps should be drug tested. He should resign! He's not living up to John Boehner's standard of conduct.

    November 21, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    John Boehner said in a prepared statement this week that members of Congress "should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts."
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    Nothing "alleged" about his cocaine purchase. The vial that he kept in his apartment sealed the deal.
    I found it most interesting to learn yesterday that at least one avid rwnj that posts non-stop on this site did not see anything wrong with an elected congressman indulging in a little blow.
    It never ceases to amaze me how folks express those types of sentiments and then argue that we don't know anything about them.
    We know more about you tom l than we ever wanted to learn.

    November 21, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Is Darrel Issa going to investigate why is it that this took nearly a month to come to light? It's been rumored that House and Senate leaders have asked Radel not to resign. Judging from Boehner's "matter for the courts" remark, it would seem that the entire Republican Party has tried to hide this transgression from the public. Republicans have demanded that Democrats resign for transgressions that are not criminal, but merely inappropriate: i.e., Anthony Weiner. They hypocrisy of the right wing's "morals and values" lives on.

    November 21, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |