Fla.'s GOP chair calls on Radel to step down

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Associated Press

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:03 PM

MIAMI (AP) — The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is calling for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction.

Chairman Lenny Curry released a statement Monday saying Radel's district needs a congressman "who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida." Curry said Radel should resign and devote his time to rehabilitation and his family.

Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last week. On Oct. 29, Radel attempted to buy $250 worth of cocaine from an undercover police officer in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood.

Radel has since taken a leave of absence and checked himself into a rehabilitation facility. Curry joins a growing number of Republican leaders from Radel's district demanding his resignation.

Radel's spokeswoman did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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