MIAMI (AP) - Congressman Trey Radel of Florida said he will not resign despite pleading guilty to cocaine possession charges.
The freshman Republican made the announcement in his Cape Coral 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's Dupont Circle neighborhood on Oct. 29.
The 37-year-old Radel defied Gov. Rick Scott and several GOP leaders who have called his resignation.
Radel is a former TV news anchor and had been in office for 10 months when he was charged. His district includes the Gulf Coast cities of Fort Myers and Naples.