Wexler, Loeb Out; Are Ring, Waldman In?


U. S. Rep. Robert Wexler is resigning and it could change the political look of northwest Broward County.

State Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, is one of the leading candidates to run for Wexler’s seat.

“Who else can put millions of his own money in the race?” said one political consultant.

Ring, a wealthy former Yahoo! executive,  reported a net worth of $18.3 million in 2008.

If Ring leaves, the leading candidate to pick off his Senate seat is state Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek. 

Waldman, the general counsel of Keiser University and a wealthy real estate investor,  has represented a big hunk of Ring’s Senate district for years.  He served a decade as Coconut Creek’s mayor and commissioner before winning a seat in the House in 2006.

Wexler is leaving Congress to take a public policy job with a focus on the Middle East, according to published reports.

Also leaving today:  Nick Loeb, the Senate candidate running for Senate President Jeff Atwater’s seat in northeast Broward and Palm Beach County.

Loeb told the Palm Beach Post he can’t deal with his pending divorce and his campaign at the same time.

His depature from the Republican primary is a blow to state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff of Fort Lauderdale.

She was hoping Loeb and Carl Domino of Jupiter would split the Palm Beach vote.  That would allow her to win the primary with a little of the Palm vote and a big turnout from Broward.

Now if Domino picks up some of the Palm vote that would have gone to Loeb, he will be in better shape to win.

4 Responses to “Wexler, Loeb Out; Are Ring, Waldman In?”

  1. Curious says:

    Who do you see replacing Waldman?

    FROM BUDDY: I’m not sure.

  2. Curious says:

    Talerico or Rose maybe

  3. Blue Man Scoop says:

    Tara Laxer has been shopping around for a run at a house seat.
    I think Kelly Skidmore’s though…

  4. Not true says:

    Bogdanoff is beating Domino in South Palm Beach County by a wide margin Buddy. Domino has no name i.d outside of North Palm Beach. Loeb leaving the race helps Bogdanoff, not Domino.