I can confirm he is resigning today," Greg Dolan, Radel's spokesman, said in an email to the Naples Daily News on Monday morning.
The 37-year-old freshman Republican was busted in November from buying cocaine in from an undercover federal agent in Washington D.C. and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility.
Although there were a number of Republicans in Florida who called on him to resign immediately, the former radio and television personality publicly refused to consider doing so, until today. That may because the House Ethics Committee has just launched its promised investigation of the Congressman.
Today's edition features in living color a marijuana plant with the headline, "Blowing smoke: Pot measure called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott," written by the great Tribune political reporter William March.
Jolly participated at the event hosted by Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce forum this morning with fellow Republicans Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher. The three are on the ballot in next week's special GOP election primary to determine who will then face Democrat Alex Sink in March.
According to an account written by Adam Smith on the Tampa Bay Times Buzz Blog, Jolly called it a "complete fabrication" that he had ever lobbied for oil-drilling interests.