Rep. Radel, Out of Rehab Clinic, Says Pols Should Take Drug Tests


Despite an eventful two months that saw an undercover cocaine bust and a stint in drug rehab, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) doesn't sound like a man who is going to resign, Politico reports. On the same day he left a Naples, Fl., drug rehabilitation clinic, the freshman congressman – who pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine in November – said he is wrestling with what he describes as a problem with alcohol, and added that he loves “serving” his southwest Florida constituents. Radel was caught buying what's commonly known as an “eight ball” of cocaine from a federal agent. When agents entered his D.C. apartment, Radel handed over more cocaine. He entered a rehab facility on Nov. 21. Radel said elected officials should be subject to drug tests. He said he only used cocaine a handful of times. Political observers have doubted Radel would survive the episode. Former Republican Rep. Connie Mack, who gave up the seat to run for the Senate in 2012, has expressed interest in retaking it.

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