Read Trey Radel’s Resignation Letter

Congressman Trey Radel addresses the media alongside his wife Amy at his Cape Coral office on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013. A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges Radel refused to resign, saying he wan... Congressman Trey Radel addresses the media alongside his wife Amy at his Cape Coral office on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013. A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges Radel refused to resign, saying he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre) MORE LESS
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Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) formally submitted his letter of resignation from Congress Monday morning.

In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Radel, who was busted for cocaine possession in 2013, writes how his personal struggles had “serious consequences.”

“While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida,” Radel wrote.

Radel’s resignation is effective Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

“As an eternal optimist, I know there are great things in store for our country when we find ways to work together,” Radel concluded in the letter. “Whether it is as a father, a husband, or in any future endeavor, I hope to contribute what I can to better our country in the years to come.”

Read the letter below:

Resignation Letter

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