Wexler to the administration, but not as USAID chief
Florida Congressman Robert Wexler is reported to be resigning his seat tomorrow morning, but not to take the job of administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, high-level congressional sources tell The Cable. The Sun Sentinel newspaper reported that Wexler will announce the move tomorrow, writing he is "likely to take a public policy ...
Florida Congressman Robert Wexler is reported to be resigning his seat tomorrow morning, but not to take the job of administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, high-level congressional sources tell The Cable.
The Sun Sentinel newspaper reported that Wexler will announce the move tomorrow, writing he is "likely to take a public policy job that deals with the Middle East."
That led to some speculation that he would take the long vacant post at the top of USAID, which has been rudderless for quite a long time. But while informed sources say he is slated to receive a posting, it won’t be that one.
"The White House is keeping a tight lid on this one, but it’s definitely not USAID," one well placed congressional source said.
Well, we’ll all find out soon enough. Wexler has a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. in Boca Raton.
Update: The Miami Herald is now reporting that Wexler told Democratic leaders he will leave Congress to direct the Washington-based Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, was established in 1989 by Slim Fast Foods Chairman S. Daniel Abraham and Utah Congressman Wayne Owens.
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