Wexler sets Jan. 3 resignation date in letter to Cristby George Bennett | October 30th, 2009
Wexler is leaving in the middle of his seventh term to head the nonprofit Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher and Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes want the special election to fill Wexler’s Palm Beach-Broward seat to be on March 9, which would coincide with municipal election dates in both counties.
No word yet from Crist’s office on the dates for the special primary and general election dates.
Read the text of Wexler’s letter after the jump…..
Text of Wexler’s resignation letter:
October 26, 2009
The Honorable Charlie Crist
Governor, State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Dear Governor Crist:
I am writing to formally announce that effective on January 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm I will resign as a Member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Serving the residents of South Florida in the United States House of Representatives and the Florida Senate for the past 19 years has been, without equivocation, the greatest honor of my life. I am indebted to my constituents for affording me the opportunity and privilege to serve in public office.
As you know, I have accepted a position as president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. One of my overriding passions has been working to strengthen and preserve the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. My time on the Foreign Affairs Committee permitted me to work towards a comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Israel and the broader Arab world. I look forward to continuing and expanding upon this work in my new position.
I regret that I will be unable to complete my current term, but as you know, we face immediate and critical challenges in the Middle East. In the coming months, Israeli and Arab leaders will be faced with monumental decisions that will dramatically affect the region and the entire world for decades. I am confident that now is the best time for me to dedicate myself fully to these significant issues.
I want to especially thank you and your dedicated staff for enabling this transition to be as smooth as possible. I am also deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve with you in the Florida Senate earlier in our respective careers. On behalf of my constituents who believe so passionately in the right to vote, I want to especially acknowledge your extraordinary and courageous leadership in making Florida’s voter verifiable paper trail a model for the nation.
With warm regards,