The Real Deal Miami

Rep. Wexler lays down Florida roots

July 30, 2008 12:34PM

At least one new renter will be good for Florida. Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler said Tuesday that he’ll lease an apartment in the congressional district he represents rather than continue to claim residency at his in-laws’ home near Delray Beach. Wexler has been dogged by allegations that he doesn’t actually live in the state and got tax breaks by claiming his Potomac, Md. house as a his primary residence. Wexler’s staff said that was a simple mistake, and cited an 1879 Florida Supreme Court ruling that said a Gainesville man did not lose his Florida residency when attending to the duties of a public office in Washington.