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Rep. Trey Radel, congressman in cocaine arrest, reportedly resigning

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The Florida congressman arrested during an undercover drug operation in October is resigning his seat, news outlets reported Monday.

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, a Republican, is sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner today, according to Politico.

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U.S. Rep. Trey Radel

The report was confirmed by Radel’s chief of staff, USA Today reported.

Republican candidates have already started exploring a run for Radel’s seat in the 19th District, including former state Rep. Paige Kreegel, who ran against Radel in the 2012 GOP primary, according to Politico.

Other likely candidates are state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, and former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV.

Radel was convicted of cocaine possession in November and sentenced to a year probation and fined $250.

After his conviction the Republican Party of Florida called for his resignation, as did Gov. Rick Scott.

The Republican executive committees of Collier and Lee counties issued statements saying they would not support Radel if he chose to run for a second term.

In January, the House Ethics Committee voted to begin an investigation of Radel, but that would be moot if he stepped down from the seat.

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