Congressman Trey Radel, Florida, issued a heartfelt apology to his wife, son and the state of Florida via his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. He was recently arrested for possessing cocaine.
Radel's statement was immediately noticed by hundreds of people in various social media platforms, not long after USA Today reported that he'd be arraigned on Wednesday after being found guilty of cocaine possession.
The statement, posted on his Facebook page and copied to his Twitter account, reads, in part:
"I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. 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."
Radel went on to say that, in facing this charge, he realizes "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."
"However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side," Radel added. "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."
He ended the statement simply by asking his followers to keep his family in their prayers.