Lenny Curry, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said in a statement that Radel’s constituents, in a district in the southwest part of the state, need a congressman who is “100 percent focused” on their needs.
“Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family,” Curry said.
Radel, 37, said last week he will take a leave of absence and donate his salary to charity, after he pleaded guilty in superior court in the District of Columbia to the cocaine possession charge.
He was sentenced to one year probation for buying 3.5 grams of cocaine in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood on October 29 in the presence of an undercover agent.
Last week, Radel appeared to have no plans to resign from the House of Representatives, saying his staff will handle his affairs in his absence.
A representative from his office could not be reached for comment late on Monday.
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