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.