GOP congressman Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

The Tea Party gets its own Rob Ford

By Elias Isquith

Published November 19, 2013 10:00PM (EST)

Florida freshman Republican Trey Radel was arrested on October 29 in Washington, D.C. for cocaine possession, according to a Politico report.

On Tuesday, Radel, a former radio host who was elected with significant Tea Party support, was was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.

He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a potential fine of as much as $1,000.

Radel's office declined Politico's request for comment.

Update — Radel's office has released the following statement:

I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. 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.

However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. 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.

Please keep my family in your prayers.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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