Wexler to Resign From Congress

Posted October 13, 2009 at 7:57pm

Updated: 10:07 p.m.Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) is planning to announce Wednesday that he will resign his seat to take a Middle East policy job, several Florida news outlets reported Tuesday night. According to the Miami Herald, Wexler told Democratic leaders Tuesday night that he will become director of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. The seven-term liberal will make his announcement at 10 a.m. in Boca Raton. The 19th district is safe Democratic territory, and there will no doubt be a long line of interested candidates running in a special election to fill the vacancy. Among the early Democratic possibilities mentioned in local news reports are state Sens. Jeremy Ring and Ted Deutch, Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter, West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and former Broward County Commissioner Ben Graber.