Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”

Florida Republican congressman Trey Radel said he would take a leave of absence from Congress and donate his salary to charity after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.

“I’m owning up to my actions. I’m taking responsibility. I’m taking it very publicly,” Radel told a group of reporters at a news conference Wednesday night from his Cape Coral, Fla., office. Radel acknowledged that he had let down his country, his family and southwest Florida residents.

That might have been a credible argument before he got caught and plead guilty – a matter of public record. Not to mention the press coverage. What was the alternative? To plead guilty and not take responsibility?

After receiving a sentence of one-year of probation Radel asks for compassion “I’m struggling with this disease, but I know that I can overcome it.” Fair enough, but what about Radel’s compassion?

In September, Rep. Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they’re not on drugs. In October, police busted the Florida Republican on a charge of cocaine possession.

Oh, it’s that kind of compassion. The conservative kind where certain special people (rich white guys) deserve every break that can be offered and everyone else gets the book thrown at them to be taught a lesson and keep the prison-industrial complex going and growing. Radel not only gets probation he wants to keep his job – so he can to continue to keep food from people who may have the same problem he has.

Time to resign Trey.