Wexler to Resign Florida Congressional Seat. What Obama Job Will He Get?

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), the self-described “fire breathing liberal” congressman, is going to announce his resignation from Congress tomorrow morning, according to the Sun-Sentinel. And the paper adds:

A Democratic source with knowledge of Wexler’s plans said he is likely to take a public policy job that deals with the Middle East.

Oh? Like, perhaps, as one Mideast watcher speculated to me, U.S. ambassador to Israel? An ambassadorship currently held by a caretaker? Wexler was one of President Obama’s earliest prominent Jewish supporters in the Democratic primaries. It might make sense, and having someone as progressive and solidly pro-Israel as Wexler in the position might shake up the seemingly stalled peace process.

Laura Rozen hears speculation that Wexler is going to run USAID. Maybe! But is that a job worth resigning a congressional seat? To be clear, I don’t actually know what’s up here, but when I get confirmation, I will update.

Update: Laura backs away from the USAID claim. I can report that Florida Democratic circles are operating on the rumor that Wexler will be sent to Israel, but nothing else as yet.

Update 2, 9:51 p.m.: The Miami Herald:

In a conference call Tuesday night with Democratic leaders, Wexler said he will become director of the Washington-based Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. Wexler, 48, is expected to make a public statement about his plans at a 10 a.m. Wednesday press conference at his Boca Raton office.

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Comment posted October 13, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

My money's on “Czar” Czar. One czar to rule them all…


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taylor7
Comment posted October 14, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

I fail to see how he can claim to be a “friend of Israel” when the walls in his office are plastered of framed photos of him with people that dress like Arafat, and the framed newspaper articles from the Middle East.


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Comment posted October 16, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

People that dress like Arafat? You mean Arabs? I'm getting a strong racist, Nazi vibe from you, taylor7.


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