Radel: Alcohol does not work for me.
CAPE CORAL - Republican Congressman Trey Radel made a statement Thursday evening after he was released from rehab following an October arrest for cocaine possession.
The freshman congressman said that he is focusing on recovery for an addiction to alcohol.
"Alcohol doesn't work for me," Radel told reporters that had filled his Southwest Florida Congressional Offices.
Rep. Radel began by thanking everyone for all their support. He went on to describe why he is still right for Southwest Florida.
"I have been the most accessible congressman, either here or in Washington," Radel said. "My door is always open."
He thanked his wife, former FOX 4 anchor Amy Wegmann, who spoke briefly.
"He is a great man and a great husband," Wegmann said. "We have struggles as do many people. I'm excited for the bigger and better Trey."
Radel says he is focusing on his recovery and his family as well as rebuilding his relationships with his constituency.
"I'm looking forward to continuing my work," Radel said. "I am most looking forward to setting up the Christmas tree tomorrow morning."
When asked if the addiction ever interfered with his duties the congressman said No.
"It was after work," Radel stated.
When asked if his absence in Congress had a detrimental effect on Southwest Florida the congressman told reporters that the budget would have passed no matter what.
Radel was arrested on October 29 after he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent.
He pleaded guilty on November 20 and was sentenced to one year of probation.
There have been calls from local and state GOP leaders for Radel to resign after word of the scandal broke.
"Politics are the last thing on my mind," Radel said.