Radel’s Political Demise is a Disappointment to Many, but Resignation is the Right and Only Move Under the Circumstances.
By: Jake Sherman and Alex Isenstadt
January 27, 2014 08:14 AM EST
As first reported in Politico today, Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources.
Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine last year from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility. He returned to Congress after the winter recess.
The first-term Republican plans to send a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Monday, sources said.
It’s up to Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott to schedule a special election for Radel’s seat. His southwest Florida district is solidly Republican — Mitt Romney won the district with 61 percent of the vote.