Rep. Trey Radel says he’s getting harassed while undergoing treatment

BY News Desk  November 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT

Last week Rep. Trey Radel, R.-Fla., pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of possession of cocaine. He is now in Florida seeking treatment related to his drug issues. Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel said he’s upset by people “harassing” him while he’s undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation facility in Naples, Fla.

Radel, a Republican who represents Florida’s 19th district, took a leave of absence last week from his work in the House after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of cocaine. According to the Naples Daily News, Radel’s aides have said he will eventually return to his job, despite some calls for his resignation. Reporters spotted the Congressman with a friend outside the Hazleden Addiction Treatment Center Tuesday morning. Radel smoked a cigarette, drank coffee and “was cordial” with the reporters, according to the newspaper, which snapped a photo of him.

“I’m here talking to my buddy,” he told the Daily News. “I feel great. I am here focused on my family and my health.”

“It really is upsetting,” he continued, “As I sit here and work on focusing on my family and health with people coming and harassing me.”

Radel declined to elaborate on the harassment.

H/T Sam Lane