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.

  • garygramscom

    Is that all, I thought he voted yes for obamacare or something dire like that…

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      My first thought exactly!

      • maplebob23

        Ditto.

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    Mr Radel, you get no more of a free pass from me than I would give someone with a (D) after their name. Owning up to the problem is only the first step. Now do something about it. Until you do, you need to surrender your seat to someone who is not drug-addled. Do it for your family, your party and your country.

    • rssllue

      Agreed and well said!

    • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

      IDK, I rather have Rob Ford as my mayor than any liberal hack that my city elects.

  • thetreyman

    hey Twitchy, they still say hypocrisy because he supports drug testing welfare recipients.

    • Moonbeam

      Indeed – a sampling.

      • Moonbeam

        ….

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

          He is indeed hypocritical for that vote when he is also taking the public’s money while doing drugs. But drug testing welfare recipients is no less a good idea because of that.

          I’d be happy if the people approving welfare recipients would actually make follow up contact with them to cut down on fraud. I also believe in unicorns.

    • arttie

      I say drug testing for politicians. They are big recipients of public money, dare I say welfare?

      • conservativechick

        Amen to that! Obama wouldn’t even pass.

      • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

        And mandatory mental health screenings before they are allowed to take office. Far to many of them are megalomaniacs…

      • froggy19510

        Bam! You just drove that round straight to the center of the bull’s eye!

  • thetreyman

    Byron Donalds was the guy that should have been elected here. he was my primary choice but everyone knew Trey because he did the morning show here.

  • skypilot77

    He needs to move to Toronto and become a politician there.

    • V the K

      Or Massachusetts. Or New Jersey. Or Chicago.

  • NRPax

    Did he use this as an excuse?

    http://youtu.be/wDoIM1dRzGo

  • Maxx

    He only knew he had a drug problem when it dawned on him that the plasma he was stealing was his own.

  • JeffWRidge

    This guy needs to resign. We have enough bad legislation coming out of DC without having people on drugs writing laws (it’s bad enough that most of them are either crazy, or cowards). He can run for mayor of Washington DC someday, but we don’t need him in the House of Representatives.

    On a side note, exactly how small of an amount of cocaine do you have to possess to get a misdemeanor charge? I thought that cocaine possession was a felony.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Exit question: Should we have mandatory drug testing for 100% of government employees?

    • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

      And mental health screenings, especially for the politicians

  • DizzyMissL

    3.5 grams.

    • thetreyman

      so he had an 8 ball.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    The main difference is Republicans will not give him a pass simply because of party affiliation, while Democrats would if he were one of their party.

  • Montesquieu

    I bear an indefatigable lance as I charge ahead with the steeds of liberty: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • michael s

    What goes around comes around. He wanted drug tests for EBT recipients, Boehner should’ve asked him for a drug test before he was involved in legislation.

    • Markward

      And we should have given you a stupid test before letting you on the internet.

      Unlike you we actually want to remove politicians when they do bad things, like this. Instead of being like a certain SD mayor whom democrats had to be dragged, kicking and screaming to condemn his actions.

  • GrindingMills

    This is nothing. Someone wake me up when he publicly talks about oral sex on women.

  • NickGranite

    Spare me the pray for my family crap. Your family is YOUR job. Now do us conservatives in Florida a favor and resign. Nothing personal but your standards are fine with the dems as long as you win but not with us.

  • The Apostle

    I’d rather he apologize for his criminal activity.

  • HanaFiveO

    Disappointed doesn’t even begin to cover it mister.
    You have only had your epiphany because you got caught.

    If you really cared about your family and your constituents you would have gotten help a long time ago. Now getting treatment is a condition of your probation. Period.

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    The “Hip Hop Conservative” seems like a cool guy and I wish him well, but he has to resign. He isn’t Rob Ford awesome…