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Wexler To Finally Get A Florida Residence

From the (generally laughable) Palm Beach Post:

Wexler bows to residency pressure

By George Bennett | Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stung by claims that he doesn’t really live in Florida, Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler said today that he will lease an apartment in his congressional district rather than declaring residency at the West Delray home of his in-laws.

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly last week accused Wexler of being a bogus Floridian. The O’Reilly Report, acting on research by Wexler’s Republican challenger, noted that Wexler owns a home in Potomac, Md., and enrolls his children in school there. Wexler is registered to vote at the Delray Beach address of his wife’s parents in a 55-and-older community.

Shortly after he was elected in 1996, Wexler sold his Palm Beach County home and moved his family to the Washington, D.C., area, saying that was the best way for him to spend time with his children.

In a statement released by his office this afternoon, Wexler again defended his Florida residency, but said he didn’t want the issue to be a distraction.

“My wife, Laurie, and I have decided to lease a residence of our own in Palm Beach County,” Wexler’s statement says.

“Although I am confident that I have represented my district as well anybody possibly could, I have heard the concerns of some of my constituents and do not want this issue to distract from my advocacy of the important issues facing our community and country.”

Wexler chief of staff Eric Johnson said the congressman is looking at a three-bedroom apartment in the Boynton Beach-Delray Beach area and could sign a lease as soon as next week.

Republican Ed Lynch brought the residency issue to O’Reilly’s attention. Former Broward County Commissioner Ben Graber, a longtime Democrat running for Wexler’s seat with no party affiliation, has also slammed the incumbent’s residency status.

So this is all Mr. Wexler has to do to make amends? Decide to rent an apartment in Florida?

Isn’t this the same state that wanted Ann Coulter put behind bars for accidentally voting in the wrong precinct?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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