Wexler leaving Congress to take think tank job

The Florida Democrat is resigning from Congress to work on Middle East issues

By Alex Koppelman
Published October 14, 2009 9:10PM (UTC)
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We now know why Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., is resigning from Congress -- and it's not to take a job in the Obama administration.

When news of the congressman's resignation broke, there was speculation he could be leaving Congress to become the U.S. ambassador to Israel, or to head the U.S> Agency for International Development. Instead, while he will indeed be focusing on Middle East issues, it will be as president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, a non-profit think tank.

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Wexler will be leaving office in January; a special election to fill his seat will be held. The district is pretty safely Democratic.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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