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.