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