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Wexler sets Jan. 3 resignation date in letter to Crist

by George Bennett | October 30th, 2009



U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, has set his resignation for Jan. 3 at 11:59 p.m. in a letter this week to Gov. Charlie Crist, who will set a special election to fill the last year of Wexler’s term.

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
The Capitol
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,

Robert Wexler

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4 Responses to “Wexler sets Jan. 3 resignation date in letter to Crist”

  1. kENNY Says:

    This guy is a joke. We hope that Deutch is not like this guy. What a joke. The Democrats woke up and they know the D’s are as corrupted as the R’s.

    The truth is coming for you Bobby…one way or another.

  2. Melissa Says:

    I think it is so funny that he is leaving his seat in congress to work at a non-profit. He is so sad, does he really think he has anyone fooled. Deutch would of been better off not getting an endorsement because now he looks like their well…witch. Time will tell and so will the FBI

  3. Alice Says:

    How can Wexler support anyone as he doesn’t even live in Florida. He lives in his mansion in Maryland and lists a tool shed as his home in Florida. He can join Grayson and they can start a law firm together called Wexler & Grayson nuts for us.

  4. Robert Says:

    Good riddance Wexler. The only voice in DC was your left wing liberal agenda. You were no voice or representative of many of us. Enjoy your home in Maryland. Stay there.

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