Florida Congressman Robert Wexler Rents Home to Quiet Critics, Hasn't Lived in District in 11 Years

Rep. Robert Wexler is renting a home in his congressional district to quell criticism that his main residence is in the Washington suburbs.

Wexler said in a statement Tuesday that he knew some constituents were concerned after he said last week he hadn't had a South Florida home in 11 years. Wexler, his wife and three children have a home in Potomac, Md. Wexler uses his in-laws' house in a Florida retirement community to meet residency requirements.

The residency issue was raised by one of Wexler's opponents in the upcoming fall election, Republican Ed Lynch. Wexler, a Democrat, has represented parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties since 1997.

Former Broward County mayor Ben Graber is also running for the seat.