(CNN) - The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida called on U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor cocaine possession, to step down in a statement released Monday night.
"The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida. Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family," said Chairman Lenny Curry.
Radel, a Republican and a tea party favorite, was charged with cocaine possession after authorities said he bought a small amount of cocaine in a sting in Washington last month. Radel pleaded guilty to the charges and was placed on one year of probation.
Radel, 37, said last week that he would take a leave of absence for an unspecified time, donate his salary and enter an inpatient drug treatment program.
"I have no excuse for what I have done. I have let down our country," he said at a news conference.
Radel was elected last year to represent southwest Florida's 19th Congressional District.
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.