Freshman Congressman Busted for Cocaine Possession

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Nov. 19 2013 4:46 PM

Rep. Trey Radel Busted for Cocaine Possession

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Rep. Trey Radel

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John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman have the scoop:

Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents.
Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
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One fact that reporters have disconcertingly glommed onto in the ensuing Insta-Narrative™ is the fact that Radel is a self-described "hip-hop conservative," and waxed poetic about his love for Chuck D. in a BuzzFeed post. Yes, hip-hop often celebrates drug culture. But for one thing, Radel's supposed hero, Chuck D., is a big anti-drug activist. For two, if I'm a Flock of Seagulls fan, that doesn't mean I'm running out to get a pompadour.

Update: Here's Radel's statement:

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.
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 teh 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.

Emma Roller is a Slate editorial assistant. Follow her on Twitter.

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