Progressive pit bull to be missed in U.S. House
UPDATE: Official statement confirms he will become director of DC-based Mideast think thank...
By Brad Friedman on 10/13/2009, 4:49pm PT  

Florida's Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) will announce tomorrow that he's resigning from Congress:

Wexler plans to meet with reporters Wednesday morning in Boca Raton to detail his next move. A Democratic source with knowledge of Wexler’s plans said the seven-term congressman is likely to take a public policy job that deals with the Middle East. The job does not involve working for the Obama administration and does not involve lobbying.

It's not clear what job he'll be taking, though Spencer Ackerman at The Washington Independent speculates it could be U.S. Ambassador to Israel or head of USAID (though both of those, it seems, would be "working for the Obama administration", counter to Sun-Sentinel's report).

Losing Wexler will be a loss to progressive Democrats in the House given his historic tenacity on any number of issues, from taking on the nonsense of the Clinton Impeachment, to fighting for the responsible Bush Impeachment, to fighting for electoral integrity in the state of Florida. That'll be one less bulldog with a "D" by his name, unfortunately, in a House that could use a lot more of 'em.

UPDATE: Miami Herald's coverage is now here and similarly points to the issues we mentioned above. They offer no additional details, however, on either Wexler's future plans or the specific reason for his surprise resignation.

LATER UPDATE: Miami Herald updates their report (same link as the above), to report: "In a conference call Tuesday night with Democratic leaders, Wexler said he will become director of the Washington-based Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation."

UPDATE 10/14/09: Wexler's official statement is now here. Though questions are still percolating as to the real reasons behind this move. TPM offers a round-up of a few opinions of note, the general consensus so far being his interest in helping to move Obama's Mideast peace effort forward. But the question of why he couldn't have done so from his "dream-job" (as he described it back in January) in Congress still remains a bit of a mystery at this hour.