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Florida congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 27, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.

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In this July 9, 2013, file photo, Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla. speaks in Washington.

MIAMI — The Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year will resign, his spokesman said Monday, after several GOP leaders requested that he step down.

Rep. Trey Radel will send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, spokesman Dave Natonski said. Politico first reported the freshman Republican's forthcoming resignation.

On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington.

Several GOP leaders, including Gov. Rick Scott, had asked him to resign. But Radel had pledged to stay in office and rebuild constituents' trust after completing in-patient treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

He entered rehab on Nov. 21.

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