Rep. Trey Radel to Return to Congress After Cocaine Bust

Monday, Jan 6, 2014  |  Updated 8:26 AM EDT
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Florida Congressman Trey Radel: "Alcohol Does Not Work for Me"

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Florida Congressman Trey Radel speaking at a news conference.

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Florida Congressman Trey Radel: "Alcohol Does Not Work for Me"

Florida Congressman Trey Radel said Thursday that he will stay in office, shortly after he left a Naples rehab facility. As his news conference began, he thanked members of the public for their prayers, support and encouragement. Radel said that he is working to recover one day at a time as he is treated for alcoholism.
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A Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year is returning to Congress.
 
Republican Rep. Trey Radel says he's looking forward to representing his southwest Florida constituents in Washington again after taking a leave of absence and undergoing treatment in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

  In November, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Washington on Oct. 29.
 
The House Ethics Committee is investigating his conduct.
 
The 37-year-old freshman has resisted calls from several GOP leaders, including Gov. Rick Scott, to resign. Last month, Radel pledged to regain the trust of his constituents by redoubling his legislative efforts in the capital.

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