A Florida congressman who voted in favor of food stamp recipients being tested for substance abuse, has revealed that he has a drug problem after being caught with cocaine.

In September, Rep. Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would make food stamp recipients take drug tests to prove they’re clean before receiving the government benefit. He was busted on a charge of cocaine possession last month.

From ABC:

Radel, 37, plans to start “intensive inpatient treatment” immediately. In the meantime, the congressman said he would donate his salary to charity, but his offices would stay open. He gave no indication he was going to resign.

“I will be taking a leave of absence and all offices, this team that I have in Washington and here in southwest Florida, will be working every single day like they have been for this past year for you. They are working hard. They are here to serve the people and they will continue to do so,” he said.

Read more at ABC

Radel first came on the radar of federal investigators when a cocaine dealer told the Drug Enforcement Administration that Radel was one of his customers.

In addition to Radel’s leave of absence, the congressman will be sentenced to 1 year of probation with “minimal supervision.”

Well isn’t this just the pot calling the kettle black. 

Should Congressman Radel be fired/fined?

Is this a prime example of white privilege?

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