‘Fire-breathing liberal’ Wexler joins lobby firm of Trump confidant Ballard

Robert Wexler, in 2009, discussing his decision to leave Congress to head a Middle East think tank. (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post)

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, a prominent Palm Beach County liberal voice in Congress for 13 years, is joining the lobbying shop of Brian Ballard, the go-to Florida Republican fundraiser and confidant of President Donald Trump.

 

Liberal Democrat Robert Wexler is joining the lobbying firm of Republican fundraiser Brian Ballard.

Wexler will be a senior counselor in the new Ballard Partners office in Washington, D.C., and will spearhead its international affairs practice, according to a news release from the firm.

 

Wexler, whose 2008 biography is entitled “Fire-Breathing Liberal,” was elected to Congress seven times from a heavily Democratic Palm Beach-Broward district before resigning in 2010 to become president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington.

 

Ballard is a longtime Tallahassee lobbyist whose clients included the Trump Organization. He was the Florida finance chairman for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, then a member of the finance committee for the Trump transition. Last week, the Republican National Committee named Ballard a regional vice chairman for its finance committee.

 

“Having someone of Robert Wexler’s caliber on our team is a tremendous win for the firm,” said Ballard in his firm’s news release. “Having worked with numerous governments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East throughout his tenure as U.S. Congressman and advisor to President Barack Obama, Robert’s three decades of political experience will advance our work for international clients. We are pleased to welcome him to our office in the nation’s Capitol.”

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