Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was arrested for possession of cocaine on Oct. 29 in the District of Columbia, according to the court document below, which was revealed Tuesday.
Radel -- a 37-year-old freshman congressman associated with the Tea Party movement in Florida -- has been charged with misdemeanor possession in D.C. Superior Court. He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000, Politico said. He is due to be arraigned on Wednesday.
"I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida," Radel said in a statement posted to his Facebook page. "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,” Radel continued. “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."
According to USA Today, Radel represents Florida’s 19th Congressional District in the Fort Myers-Naples area. The seat was vacated by Connie Mack IV when he unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee for Senate in 2012. Radel -- who was born in Cincinnati -- is a former journalist, TV reporter and talk radio host who got elected with considerable support from the Tea Party, USA Today said.
Standing in stark contrast to the district he represents, Radel is a self-described "hip-hop conservative" who grew up listening to artists like Public Enemy, NWA, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. As the Atlantic reports, Radel told NowThis News that the song "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy "reflects the conservative message of having a heavy-handed government."
"Tupac is what I'm going to be listening to in my car. Biggie is at the party," Radel said.
Radel wrote a column on BuzzFeed describing his discovery of hip-hop. "Immediately, the hip-hop artists did what artists have been doing for centuries – they opened my eyes up to a whole new world," he wrote.
There is no indication as to whether or not Radel will resign.