Trey Radel To Resign Congressional Seat

Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel (R-FLA) talks to the local media during a news conference at his district office in Cape Coral. | Steve Nesius/Reuters

File – Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel (R-FLA) talks to the local media during a news conference at his district office in Cape Coral. | Steve Nesius/Reuters

Representative Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they’re not on drug and who was arrested and charged with cocaine possession last October, is resigning, according to Politico.

Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November and was sentenced to one-year probation.

In early January, Radel’s spokesman said he would return to Congress six weeks after pleading guilty and checking into a rehab program. Many Republicans — including the Republican Party of Florida and the state’s governor, Rick Scott — called on the congressman to step down after his arrest.

Radel was elected in 2012 to represent Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which includes the Gulf Coast communities of Fort Myers and Naples.

His resignation is effective Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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