Real-Life ‘House Of Cards’ Scandal: Florida Congressman Charged With Cocaine Possession
A first-term Florida congressman has been swept up in scandal after he was charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington D.C.
Rep. Trey Radel, a Republican, faces arraignment on Wednesday.
It’s emerged that he was arrested on Oct. 29 for alleged possession of cocaine, according to District of Columbia Superior Court records. The charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 180 days of imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The 37-year-old politician was elected in 2012.
Radel released the following statement on Tuesday:
"I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. 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.
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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.
However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.
Please keep my family in your prayers.”
Radel is a former actor, comedian and conservative media personality.
The story is a twist of fate on Netflix's much lauded House of Cards series, which had the character of congressman Peter Russo, a cocaine-snorting alcoholic.