In Special Election, Being Wexleresque Figures to Be an Advantage

And that's bad for Ben Graber, the former Broward mayor and county commissioner who tried to make hay with Robert Wexler's cocaine joke on The Colbert Report and who has a nasty batch of ads that he ran during a bitter primary campaign in 2008. Ads like the one below.

With Graber already in the race, another likely candidate, State Sen. Ted Deutch is already hastening to define himself as Wexleresque. Shortly after sending an email to announce a 3:30 announcement on whether he'd be running for Wexler's seat, Deutch sent an email in which he called Wexler's resignation "a true loss for South Florida and (the) nation."  If Stacy Ritter, Jeremy Ring or Lois Frankel run for the seat, you can also expect them to heap praise on Wexler as a way to appeal to his supporters.

Deutch's full statement after the jump.

"For almost twenty years, first as our State Senator and then as our Congressman, Robert Wexler has been a courageous, outspoken advocate for justice, fairness, peace, and democracy - both here and abroad. Nobody has fought harder on behalf of the people of South Florida than Congressman Robert Wexler. When we needed someone to speak out on key issues including Medicare and Social Security, the 2000 presidential recount, the fight for a paper trail for voting machines, or helping homeowners afflicted with Chinese Drywall - Robert has been South Florida's voice in Congress.

"Robert's dedication to the Middle East peace process and his commitment to the security of Israel has been a hallmark of his Congressional service. His expertise and his significant influence in Israel, the greater Middle East, Europe, and the White House is a testament to his ability to make a genuine difference on these issues. By accepting the presidency of the Center for Middle East Peace, Robert will bring his passion to an essential cause and do his part to bring us closer to ultimate success.

"Although I am saddened to see him leave Congress, I congratulate Congressman Wexler, thank him for his two decades of dedication service to our community, and wish him great luck in his important undertaking. I know Robert Wexler's commitment to Israel's security will provide dividends at the Center for Middle East Peace."

- State Senator Ted Deutch

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