Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) says people are “harassing” him while he’s in rehab following his cocaine bust.
The Florida Republican was sentenced to one year of probation and entered a treatment center in Naples, Fla., after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge.
The Naples Daily News reports that Radel was “cordial with reporters, smiling and shaking their hands” and told them, “I feel great. I am here focused on my family and my health.”
“It really is upsetting,” he added, according to the paper, “As I sit here and work on focusing on my family and health with people coming and harassing me.”
Radel, who is taking a leave of absence from Congress while undergoing treatment, declined to elaborate, saying, “I’ll just leave it at that.”
On Tuesday morning, the lawmaker’s office rejected calls for his resignation from a number of Republican officials in the Sunshine State, including Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry.
"Congressman Radel's top priority right now is to complete his rehabilitation and then return to work as soon as possible," a Radel representative said.