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Cocaine Congressman To Enter Drug Treatment Program

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  Original Published: 11/21/2013 The U.S. Congressman caught with cocaine in a federal drug sting is back home in southwest Florida, a day after pleading guilty to drug possession charges in Washington. Trey Radel talked with reporters late Wednesday. Shelby Lin reports he apologized again as he prepares to head into a drug treatment program. "I'm sorry. I have no excuses for what I've done. And, I'm not going to try and make excuses for what I've done. I have let down our country." Those words from Congressman Trey Radel at a late night press conference in Cape Coral, Florida. He told reporters he's taking a leave of absense and during that time will donate his salary to charity. "I'm here tonght to take responsibility for what I did, to be held accountable for the bad decisions that I've made in my life and to own up to my actions," said Radel. Radel did take responsibility for his actions in court Wednesday. The 37-year-old Tea Party favorite pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge. As part of a plea deal, his attorny worked out, Radel received one year probation, and, if successfully completed, the plea will be cleared from his record. "I will be going into treatment and I'm going to start with intensive, in-patient treatment, ah, that's what's next for me," he said. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said in a prepared statement the "crime will be handled by the courts." And that "this is between Representative Radel, his family and his constituents." But Radel is already the target of criticism by the other side. Melanie Sloan is with the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "Trey Radel needs to resign right away," she said. "He committed a crime. Members of Congress swear to uphold the law, not break them."
   
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