Congressman Wexler (D) Fl-19 Does't Live in Florida, high crime or misdemeanor?
By Albert N. Milliron, Editor, Politisite.com
Congressman Robert Wexler, of the 19th District of Florida, is one of the co-sponsors to impeach President Bush, and very vocal on the current hearing on the matter. May be guilty of a Florida “high crime: of his own. He doesn't live in Florida, as required by Congress. Some states have rules that you must live in your district as well. But he and his family of 5 live in Virgina, but are paying Florida income taxes. ( Florida has no state income tax) The "home he calls his own", is actually owned by his Mother-In-Law, in a retirement community! Since this home is a retirement community, His children can't live there! Bottom line here is Congressman Wexler has been dishonest to his constituents as one must maintain a residence in Florida to be in elected office.
Wexler, considered a Rock Star in politics with his reality show, The Hill, on the Sundance Channel that features the inter workings of how a Congressional office operates, is known for his tough partisan question to those who come in front of his House committees he sits on. He has also endorses the, impeach Bush, movement. But here, Congressman Wexler has violated the ethics set down in the U. S. House and the Florida election board.
Bill O'Reilly Nails Robert Wexler
You see, the longtime Democratic rep says he lives in Delray Beach and he's required to maintain a residence in his district. But he really lives in Potomac MD. The house in Delray that he calls his "official residence" is owned by Lawrence and Roslyn Cohen, the parents of Wexler's wife, Laurie. And it's in a restricted over-55 community, which makes it impossible for Wexler and and his three children to reside there.
Wexler's Republican opponent, Edward Lynch, dug this stuff up and fed it to Fox News. O'Reilly ate it up.
A Fox News producer named Griff Jenkins caught up with Wexler in the front yard of his home in Potomac. When Jenkins walked up on his driveway, Wexler -- looking 100 percent the goofy suburban dad in a green hat, green t-shirt, and shorts -- didn't even wait for a question.
Edward Lynch, a Republican running for Wexler's congressional seat, is taking his argument to the Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor at 8 pm. tonight.
"The house he lists on his voter registration is his in-laws' house in a gated 55-and-older community," Lynch said this afternoon. "Legally, he can't move back with children under 18."
Lynch said Wexler's three children attend Charles W. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md.
A spokesman for Wexler denounced the accusations as "nothing more than a baseless political attack."
"Congressman Wexler moved to Florida when he was 10 years old and he has continually met Florida's residency requirements ever since," wrote the spokesman, Josh Rogin, in an e-mail message. "As Members of Congress have since the founding of the nation, he also keeps a home (in) the Washington area so his wife and three children can be with him while he serves in Congress."
Fox confirmed the issue would be discussed tonight on the program. Host Bill O'Reilly often calls his show the "No Spin Zone," although liberal critics dispute that description.
The outspoken Wexler is the author of the recent memoir Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) In the Contact Sport of Congress.
Lynch, meanwhile, said he intends to file legal papers about the issue in the coming weeks.
"That brings up a bunch of problems with respect to it is not truly his home, and it can't be his home, and he's using that address as his address to vote from," Lynch said.
Lynch faces Wexler and no-party candidate Ben Graber in the Nov. 4 election for Florida's 19th Congressional District.
How to Contact Congressman Wexler
Washington, D.C. Office
2241 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-3001
fax: (202) 225-5974
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Palm Beach County Office
2500 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
phone: (561) 988-6302
fax: (561) 988-6423
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Broward County Office
Margate City Hall
5790 Margate Blvd
Margate, FL 33063
phone: (954) 972-6454
fax: (954) 974-3191
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