Trey Radel Apologizes, Takes Leave of Absence

Florida congressman said he would not resign after pleading guilty to charges he bought cocaine.
3:00 | 11/21/13

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Going to turn to the florida congressman caught buying cocaine from undercover agents. Republican trey radel apologized to his family and constituents. And announced that he was taking a leave of absence from congress. But refused to resign. Pierre thomas has all of the latest. Reporter: The congressman is on one year's probation. And in a fight for his personal and political survival. Trey radel's day, back in his florida home district, admitting failure after just ten months in office. I've let down our country. I let down our constituents. I've let down my family. Reporter: He said he wants to take the embarrassment head-on. I will be taking a leave of absence. During that time, I'm going to donate my salary to a charity. Reporter: His day began with a walk of shame, after pleading guilty to drug possession. Are you resigning? Reporter: Radel was caught in a d.E.A./Fbi sting, buying $260 worth of cocaine from undercover agents. He admitted to being an alcoholic. And vowed to rehab. I'm getting the help I need. This is my wake-up call. I've been struggling with this. Reporter: But the d.E.A. Says this is about more than one man's demons. It's drug buyers fueling a deadly narcotics market. It's destroying immunity. That's the sad part in all of this. Reporter: All in all, a sad day for the hip-hop-loving conservative, who pushed for drug testing of people on food stamps. Radel says the test for him, now, involves faith. I believe in forgiveness and redemption. Reporter: He did not say if redemption involved re-election. We're going to begin with the u.S. And north korea,

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