Special Election Scheduled to Fill Trey Radel's Seat in Congress

Primary will be held April 22, followed by general election June 24

Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 11:03 PM EDT
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Florida Congressman Trey Radel: "Alcohol Does Not Work for Me"

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When then-Congressman Trey Radel left a rehab facility in December, he said he would stay in office.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Trey Radel "Did the Right Thing" by Resigning From Congress

Florida Congressman Trey Radel resigned Monday, less than a month after he returned to Capitol Hill from a stay in rehab that followed his arrest for cocaine possession. Gov. Rick Scott said Radel did the right thing for both his family and Florida.

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 special election has been scheduled to fill the seat left vacant by former congressman Trey Radel, who resigned earlier this week after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday setting April 22 for the primary and June 24 for the general election. The 19th Congressional District in southwest Florida includes the Gulf Coast cities of Fort Myers and Naples.

On Nov. 20, 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 Oct. 29 in Washington.

Several GOP leaders asked the freshman Republican to resign, but Radel had pledged to stay on and rebuild constituents' trust after completing rehab.

Radel had been in office for 10 months when charged.

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