Six-term Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler has bowed to charges that he doesn’t really live in his Florida congressional district and said he will lease an apartment in the state.
Controversy about Wexler arose last week when Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly accused him of being a bogus Floridian, disclosing that Wexler owns a home in Potomac, Md., and claims residency at his in-laws’ home in a 55-and-older community near Delray Beach, Fla.
O’Reilly was informed about Wexler’s domestic situation by his Republican challenger Ed Lynch.
Wexler sold his Palm Beach County home after he was elected in 1996 and moved his family to the Washington area. He signed a loan document with his wife in 2005 describing his Maryland home as “my/our principal residence,” according to the Palm Beach Post.
In a statement released by Wexler’s office on Tuesday, the congressman said: “My wife, Laurie, and I have decided to lease a residence of our own in Palm Beach County.
“Although I am confident that I have represented my district as well as 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’s chief of staff Eric Johnson said the congressman could sign a lease on a three-bedroom apartment as soon as next week.
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