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Wexler to leave Congress for Middle East-focused nonprofit, Democratic sources say

by George Bennett | October 13th, 2009

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Seven-term U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, has told South Florida Democratic insiders he will resign from Congress to take a job with a nonprofit that promotes peace in the Middle East.

Wexler, 48, is to discuss his timetable for leaving office and other details publicly Wednesday morning after speaking to several Democrats individually this week and in a conference call tonight.

Wexler’s departure is likely to set off a scramble among Democrats to replace him in a special election in an overwhelmingly Democratic Palm Beach-Broward congressional district with a large population of Jewish and senior voters.

Among the potential candidates: state Sens. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and Jeremy Ring of Coral Springs, West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, former Boca Raton state Rep. Irving Slosberg, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter and former Broward Mayor Ben Graber.

Ring, who said Wexler told him Monday he will be “moving on,” confirmed his interest in running for the congressional seat. Slosberg, who once toyed with the idea of challenging Wexler in a Democratic primary, said he’s “leaving his options open.”

Frankel and Deutch said they’d wait for Wexler to go public before discussing their plans.

“I spoke to Congressman Wexler today but Congressman Wexler’s been a leader of our community for 20 years and I think we deserve to let him speak for himself tomorrow,” Deutch said this afternoon.

“He’s taking a job where he feels he can make a difference,” said longtime Wexler friend Andre Fladell.

Fladell said Wexler is taking a job with the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, whose chairman is Palm Beacher S. Daniel Abraham.

“Security for Israel has always been his priority and Robert now has a unique opportunity to effect and shape Middle East policy,” Fladell said.

Another longtime Wexler confidant, Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson, said Wexler told him “he had to do what he had to do for his family.”

Self-described “fire-breathing liberal” Wexler served in the Florida Senate from 1990 to 1996, when he was elected to Congress to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Harry Johnston.

He was a key early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, endorsing Obama in early 2007 when most of the Florida Democratic establishment backed Hillary Clinton for president. From the moment Obama was elected, rumors swirled that Wexler might be in line for an appointment in the Obama administration.

Wexler downplayed such talk in November, saying he wasn’t interested in leaving Congress.

“I have a dream job. A job I love. I could not be happier. And I am not looking for any change in that regard,” Wexler said at the time.

Wexler gained national fame in 1998 as a vocal defender of former President Clinton during Clinton’s impeachment. He continued to be a presence on national TV after the 2000 presidential election, when many of Wexler’s constituents complained they were confused by Palm Beach County’s “butterfly ballot” and Wexler became a leading critic the presidential recount.

Wexler then became a prominent foe of the paperless electronic voting systems that Florida and many other states adopted in the aftermath of the 2000 election.

Wexler was unsuccessful with lawsuits claiming paperless voting was unconstitutional. But after his friend Charlie Crist was elected governor in 2002, Wexler persuaded Crist to support a law requiring paper ballots in Florida.

Since his initial victory in 1996, Wexler has not faced a serious reelection challenge in his liberal district.
In 2006, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert highlighted Wexler’s seeming political invincibility by getting Wexler to joke on camera about enjoying cocaine and prostitutes.

He faced additional controversy last year over his residency. Shortly after his 1996 election, Wexler bought a house in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and began living there with his wife and three children while claiming his in-laws’ address in an over-55 community west of Delray Beach as his Florida residence.
Wexler argued the arrangement was legally defensible, but he bowed to public pressure before last year’s election and began renting an apartment in Boca Raton and declaring that as his residence.

Despite the controversy, Wexler won a seventh term in November with 66.2 percent of the vote.

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47 Responses to “Wexler to leave Congress for Middle East-focused nonprofit, Democratic sources say”

  1. Wexler leaving Congress? He’ll address rumors Wednesday | Post on Politics Says:

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  2. luckydog Says:

    What a sham representative he is.

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  4. lee Says:

    carpetbagger

  5. Big Daddy Says:

    I don’t know what is worse. Leaving Wexler as our “Poorly” effective representative or somewhat scary scenario of Lois “Rankel” Frankel furthering her political ambition by running for the seat.

  6. Fawn Says:

    Hip Hip HOORAY!!!!!!
    Hip Hip HOORAY!!!!!!
    Hip Hip HOORAY!!!!!!

  7. Danno Says:

    Well maybe now we can have someone that lives in the area representing it.

  8. Pjay Says:

    Thank god this liberal lying piece of trash who isn’t even a resident of the district he “represents” is leaving Congress. Filthy, ideologically corrupt career politician. Good riddance, vermin!

  9. Alex Says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  10. Joyce Says:

    I could be more delighted this fellow is
    resigning. It will be interesting to learn
    what his reward is.

  11. Terry Robin Says:

    Wow, with all the negative comments here, how did the man get re-elected…so many times?

  12. ELC Says:

    By all means Mr. President-please take
    Wexler on. We will surely NOT miss him
    if anything we will be overjoyed to lose
    him. He was NO GOOD!!!

  13. fedup Says:

    Love the Wexler confidant Aaronson link.
    Old Burt must have told his bud Wexler there are some new guys in town.

    Michael F. McAuliffe and Al Johnson.

    You best follow Addie and others get out before these guys get you.

    Still can’t figure how Burt and Jeff are not caught.

    Are they clean?

    Doubt it.

    Is it because Jeff and Burt are large and in charge?

    That is their claim.

    Hope Mike and Al catch those two clowns before they claim early retirement amnesty from the Grand Jury like Addie was sucessful in doing.

    Hope Mike and Al read this and start digging deeper and moving quickly.

    Jeff and Burt are slick.

  14. JimC Says:

    Republicans suck. They’ll never win the seat. I’d sooner leave it open than have a greedy, racist repugnant serving in that position- don’t bother switching parties- we’ll find out and you’ll be embarrassed at the polls.

  15. carl kumpf Says:

    It is long overdue he has ben using the florida taxpayers funds for far to long

  16. John Anderson Says:

    So Old Bobby is out the door, sticking us with the cost of a ‘special election’ to choose someone to occupy the seat for less than a year. What a crock! I thought he wanted to represent the good folks of his District in Washington. That’s what he said. Oh his lips were moving when he said it; guess it was just another, LIE!! Politics in the state of Fl. and especially in Palm Beach County are a joke; and the joke is on us.

  17. LicensedToSteal Says:

    What difference does it make whether he stays or goes? He’ll have taxpayer complimentary health insurance for the rest of his life as well as other perks. He gets the last laugh. We get stuck with the next crook.

  18. Bob Palmer Says:

    He would suck blood from a turnup if it could benifit him. Obama deserves him. Just another chump on his team.

  19. patrick meaney Says:

    about time! what a disgrace to the office he held. he was a obama sopcialist , communist piece of crap–

  20. Emptywheel » Wexler Set To Extinguish Congressional Fire Says:

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  21. fred Says:

    I am a Republican but the only Democrat I would support for this seat is Frank Barbieri. He has showed us this year on the School Board that he is fiscally responsible and wants to help our children. In Congress he would have the clout to do so. All of the parents and teachers who ae trying to change School District policy, should also try to persuade Frank to run, so he would have real clut to make changes.

  22. fred Says:

    Sorry for the typo “clout”

  23. mike Says:

    good bye… and good riddance!

  24. John Smith Says:

    Well, non-profit hummmm. I doubt he’ll be doing anything for free. Must be a sham.

    His greatest accomplishment is a commemorative coin vote.

    What a go getter he is?!

    Bye-bye the jews and blacks will miss your misguided banter.

    Wow…sounds like a Presidential candidate.

  25. Barbicane Says:

    Wexler is a giant. His critics are pipsqueaks. Practically all remaining Republicans today are fascists. They’d vote for Hitler. Their complaints are nothing but sour grapes.

  26. suze Says:

    At first I was shocked when I heard the news, then when I found out it was true, I was overjoyed. I’ve never understood how he kept getting reelected, especially after we found out he didn’t even reside in our area, our state. Now he will really get to enjoy himself with many more trips to Israel and bringing peace and harmony to the middle east. Hope Netanyahu kicks him right into the Red Sea. But what will happen to all of the seniors that loved him; those elderly people who suffered with the last hurricane while their bff was laying low in Maryland until the elevators were running in Century Village.

  27. Bubba Says:

    Good news for America– the piece of garbage will be out of government.

  28. Big Daddy Says:

    I always wondered how Wexler keep getting re-elected, too. His distric is primarily Democrat. On the Cook Partisan Voting Index, the district is rated D+15, which means the area leans Dem. at a rate of 15% higher than the national average.

  29. swathdiver Says:

    Puff-piece article full of false premises.

    Comrade Wexler is leaving because he would not have won against Ed Lynch. Hope they run Comrade Ritter, she’s a real kook!

    Now Wexler can focus full-time working with Comrade Presidente Obama on undermining Israel and propping up the Islamo-Nazis as he has in the past. Good riddance.

    Ohh, did they announce this in the Maryland papers too? LOL Is he flying into South Florida on a private jet to make the big announcement tomorrow?

    Socialism in ANY form is immoral and EVIL!

  30. richard Says:

    Believe it or not we can get a worse candidate than Wexler.The crook never paid back all the housing allowance money he got when he was really a Maryland resident,The district in Maryland has lost one of its two Congressmen.Be honest,Wexler could complete an unnatural act ala Roman Polansky with a little black child on the Capital steps one Monday morning and his constituents would still vote for him.I wonder who the next “progressive” congressman will be??

  31. Wexler announcement could trigger Democratic free-for-all | Post on Politics Says:

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  32. JIM HEGARTY Says:

    HE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY WE NEED TERM LIMITS.HIS EFFRONTERY IN LIVING IN ANOTHER STATE IS PROOF OF THE ARROGANCE OF POWER. NOW HE ABANDONS HIS POST WHICH HIS NAIVE CONSTITUENTS ELECTED HIM TO. HE’S SO SELF IMPORTANT NOW THAT HE IS GOING TO WORK ON MIDEAST ISSUES? WONDER IF HE’LL MOVE THERE. I SUSPECT THERE IS MORE TO THIS MOVE.

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  34. Don't Driink the Kool Aid Says:

    “Security for Israel has always been his priority and Robert now has a unique opportunity to effect and shape Middle East policy,”
    _______________________________________
    So, American security came second? Isn’t that treason?

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  36. Fred Says:

    Leftist Jewicidal loser. His Obama appeasement policies will only work against the real security of Israel. Israel leaders dismiss this trash. He was totally rebuked by Israel on his recent visit to push Obama agenda to end all settlement activity. Good riddance.

    Hope Ron Klein and Debbie Wasserman Schuktz are next. We need a real supporter of America and Israel in Congress: Col. Allen West !

  37. Leonard Eisenstein Says:

    I HAVE BEEN A PROTAGNIST AGAINST CONG. WEXLER SINCE I MOVED TO FLORIDA, PALM BEACH COUNTY, EIGHT YEARS AGO.

    HE HAS BEEN A FAUX SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL AND A TURNCOAT SUPPORTER OF THE SENIORS.
    HIS STUPID STATEMENTS ABOUT ISRAEL CEASING ALL BUILDING IN THE SUBURBS, AND THAT THE HEALTH CARE ATTACK ON SENIORS WAS GOOD FOR THEM PROVE THIS.

    MY HOPE IS FOR A BETTER REPRESENTATIVE, BUT WE SHALL SEE, THE NAMES MENTIONED DOES NOT IMPLY THIS.

  38. sherry Says:

    goodbye lying liberal big government PIG.

  39. Andrea Johnson Says:

    Vote for Ed Lynch!!! Republican’s can win this if we stick together.

  40. Capitalist Scum Says:

    ### JimC Says: Republicans suck. They’ll never win the seat. I’d sooner leave it open than have a greedy, racist repugnant serving in that position- don’t bother switching parties- we’ll find out and you’ll be embarrassed at the polls. ###

    jimc – the DNC invented racism, gun “control”, the KKK, and a litany of other hideous antifreedom bs in this country – mindlessly spouting lies about republicans because you either don’t know or don’t care that you’re lying just makes you look silly.

    and no, nobody expects voters from the palm beach hood to ever elect a republican to replace this socialist, so no worries there! those voters will continue to vote themselves larger and larger chunks of other peoples wealth and property via redistribution by the DNC… that’s called “marxism”… or now what the DNC calls “change we can believe in”

    rock on comrade jim!

  41. Florida US Representative Democrat Robert Wexler to Resign from Congress | Scared Monkeys Says:

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  42. Liberty Says:

    I do not think the FBI will let Wexler leave the country. Wait. You haven’t heard nothing yet. There is more to come with this corrupted Wexler guy.

  43. Dan V Says:

    Thank God the Bum is stepping down! This guy lied to us more than any other local politician in recent memory. His actions don’t back up his words especially on Israel. Now he is going to chair a committee to help and protect Israel? The bum is just trying to shore up his image with the old folks while he gets ready to run for the next and higher office. For Wexler, It’s all about image, nothing about substance. With image he can fool the people almost all the time. Want proof? Look at all his supporters, read carefully what he has supported (substance) and ignore completely all his public words (image).

  44. Michael Says:

    Wexler will show his new boss what non-profit means. Look at how much he has cost his loyal constituents here in Florida. This loyal Obama supporter
    (Wexler) watched his choice for president kick the Jews to the curb shortly after he became president and Obama is slowly kicking the seniors to the curb with no increase in SSC for 2010 and reductions coming in Medicare to pay for Obamacare. So to the seniors and Jewish community that voted for this guy – you get what you vote for. Now Wexler looks like he is going to cure that deficiency with his new found pot of gold other wise know as “Others Peoples Money” and “non profit”. Less oversight here and he doesn’t have to maintain a fake address. Good ridance and good luck to his newly found mother lode. You all are going to need it.

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  46. conservativechoice Says:

    A vote for Joe Budd the BEST way to take back AMERICA!! We need men with Principles and in “good” standing. Check out his youtube channel: joebuddforcongress

  47. Michael J Says:

    I was going to say ” good riddance” but someone beat me to it. Now what out of state Rep will the Century Village and Boca Sansabelt crowd look for to replace this guy. Hey Arlen Specter may be looking for a job.

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