Wexler leaving Congress for Middle East peace group

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), a prominent member of the Jewish delegation in Congress and an early and vocal Barack Obama supporter, is leaving Congress to head up a group devoted to Middle East peace, according to the Miami Herald.


Wexler will become executive director of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, a group founded in 1989 by Slim Fast mogul S. Daniel Abraham and former Rep. Wayne Owens.  Among activists involved in the group over the years: Jeremy Ben-Ami-the founder and leader of J Street.


The group’s emphasis has been on bringing together analysts and leaders from across the Middle east, sponsoring Congressional travel to the region and  exploring regional economic development issues.


But it has never achieved the public visibility  of other groups involved in Middle East issues, and it has never been a loud advocate for particular policies.  Could Wexler – a strong supporter of Israel and an outspoken, proud liberal – change that?


Wexler has been in Congress since 1996.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.