- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Florida Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel was arrested last month on misdemeanor possession of cocaine charges in Washington, D.C., a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman said.

“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida,” the freshman Republican said in a statement. “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,” he continued.

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Court records indicate that Mr. Radel, 37, is due back in court on Wednesday for his arrest on Oct. 29. He faces 180 days in prison and a $1,000 if convicted, WJLA-TV reported.

The Republican was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 and represents the cities of Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral in southwest Florida.