Rep. Trey Radel and the weird logic behind congressional resignations

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., is retiring after being caught using cocaine. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


To resign or not? Congressional scandals have different endings

Here's a question for Olivia Pope: Why do some minor scandals end in resignation, while some pretty big ones don't?Not even the main character of TV's "Scandal" could answer that one.Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida is the latest example. After he was arrested in Washington, D.C., in October on misdemeanor charges of cocaine possession, it appeared he would remain in Congress. But a spokesman confirmed this morning that he would resign after all.Here's a quick look at some scandals …

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