Rep. Trey Radel of Fla., Elder grad, to resign

Trey Radel
Trey Radel

CNN and other news organizations are reporting this morning that Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who grew up in Cincinnati, is expected to resign.

Radel was born in Cincinnati and is a 1994 graduate of Elder High School. After graduation, Radel left Ohio to attend Loyola University in Chicago. He was elected in 2012.

Radel's family owns a funeral home in Cincinnati.

The Washington Post reported that Radel was arrested for cocaine possession in the fall and after reaching a plea agreement, he underwent drug rehabilitation.

Radel's office released this statement on Nov. 19.

"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."

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