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Radel Will Not Step Down

Florida Congressman Trey Radel says he will not resign despite pleading guilty to cocaine possession charges.
 
The freshman Republican from Ft. Myers made the announcement from his office Thursday, shortly after leaving a rehabilitation center and a month after entering his plea.
 
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 Washington D.C.

The 37-year-old Radel defied Gov. Rick Scott and several GOP leaders who have called for his resignation.
 
Radel is a former TV news anchor and had been in office for 10 months when he was charged.

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