The freshman republican made the announcement in his
He told a news conference that alcohol was the root of his problem and he vowed to remain sober.
On Nov. 20, Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in
The 37-year-old Radel defied Gov. Rick Scott and several GOP leaders who have called his resignation.
Radel is a former TV news anchor and had been in office for 10 months when he was charged. His district includes the Gulf coast cities of
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