‘I am profoundly sorry’: Rep. Trey Radel apologizes for ‘extremely irresponsible choice’

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., has offered an apology to his constituents for making what he called an “extremely irresponsible choice.” He was reportedly charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine on Tuesday and¬†admits to struggling with alcoholism.

Without excusing Radel’s actions, Mary Katharine Ham¬†notes that libs can’t credibly go after the freshman congressman with one of their favorite charges: “The go-to is usually to cry hypocrisy, but Radel is a co-sponsor of a bill to give judges discretion on mandatory minimums.”

Here is the entirety of his apology, via his Facebook page:

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 the 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.