And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
—William Shakespeare, King John
How fortuitous we North Americans are. On the same day that Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor said he was “finished” with alcohol, we learned that Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) was arrested last month for buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover cop.
“I have no excuse for what I’ve done,” Radel said at a press conference last week. But he does have something else. Radel said he suffers from “the disease of alcoholism,” which “led to an extremely irresponsible choice.” Alcoholism may be the only disease whose symptoms include buying cocaine.
Rather than resigning, as Florida Democrats demanded, Radel is taking a leave of absence “to seek treatment and counseling,” he said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”