WASHINGTON--Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fl.) is going to co-chair Barack Obama's White House drive in Florida. Hat tip on this to the Palm Beach Post Larry Lipman and St. Pete Times William Adair.
Note that in the statement Wexler released Thursday to the Florida reporters--and not the rest of the devoted Obama press corps-- Wexler says a reason he is backing Obama is his strong support of Israel. (click below for Wexler statement). So this endorsement from a major Jewish figure in Florida Democratic politics comes the day before Obama delivers his first speech on Israel to an AIPAC audience in Chicago. (I just heard some 700 people are expected to attend--and this for an event that was announced last Friday.)
It also appears as Obama plans a big day on March 25 of fundraising in Florida, where he will be looking for help from the Jewish Democratic donor community.
“I have never been as excited about a candidate for president as I am about Barack Obama,” Wexler said in a statement released by his office.
“I am inspired by his message of authenticity, integrity and bringing Americans together. Barack had the foresight to oppose the Iraq War from the beginning, and as president he will bring our troops home. I have spoken with Barack to discuss the dangers facing our ally Israel, and I am convinced there will be no stronger supporter of Israel than President Obama.”