The congressman came back to work after treatment for substance abuse.
I hope he straightens himself out, because being a Republican congressman and being in a chronic state of reality denial probably doesn't help matters:
Florida Congressman Trey Radel will resign his House seat, less than a month after he returned to Capitol Hill from rehab following an arrest for cocaine possession, NBC News has confirmed.
The freshman Republican, who represents Florida's 19th Congressional District, pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge last year. As part of a plea agreement, Radel admitted to buying $250 worth of cocaine in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood from an undercover officer in October.
Radel was sentenced to one year of probation for the misdemeanor offense. Following his guilty plea, Radel entered a rehab program for alcoholism in Naples. Fla. He stayed at the Hazelden addiction treatment facility for nearly a month, leaving it on Dec. 19.
He returned to work at the beginning of the year, insisting that he would not step down. But his office confirmed to NBC News on Monday that he will now resign.
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