Florida congressman Radel resigns after cocaine charge

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Representative Trey Radel, who was charged in November with buying cocaine, resigned from Congress on Monday, saying he could no longer effectively serve the people he represents in southern Florida. Radel, 37, elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 backed by the conservative Tea Party movement, returned to Congress in January, six weeks after he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and checked into a rehabilitation clinic. While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida,” he wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday. Radel was charged with buying 3.5 grams of cocaine in Washington on October 29, in the presence of an undercover agent.

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