Florida Rep. Trey Radel, who took a leave of absence to enter a drug rehab facility, preferred Columbian cocaine to American, according to an interview with the Associated Press.
In the interview, former producer of Daybreak Mike Adams recalled how he often discussed drugs with Radel. At the time, Radel was an anchor on the conservative talk show and had not entered politics. In one conversation Radel and Adams discussed the quality of cocaine in Columbia, where Radel often vacationed.
"I would mention, 'How was the stuff?'" Adams reported. "And [Radel] would say, 'Oh my God, it was phenomenal. Nothing like you get here.'"
Adams also struggled with a drug addiction.
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Radel admitted last week to purchasing cocaine from an undercover D.C. officer. The congressman promised to take a leave of absence and entered a Florida rehab facility.
“It is my hope, through this process, I will come out a better man,” Radel wrote in a statement. “I will work hard to gain back the trust and support of my constituents.”
Radel will also pay a $250 fine and agreed to a year of probation.
While Radel has attempted to reform his image, many of his colleagues are still disappointed in the freshman congressman and hope to see the end of his career. Local Florida Republican party chair Terry Miller noted that he is disgusted with the congressman’s behavior.