But meeting with reporters Wednesday, Wexler said he's eager to restore the relevancy the group enjoyed during the Clinton administration.
"One of my objectives will be to reinvigorate the center to be a remarkably relevant place," he said. He shot down any suggestions that the new job was not his sole factor in leaving Congress.
"I'm not under any investigation, my marriage is intact, my health is good and thank God, the health of my family is good," he said.
Wexler has close ties with the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation and its chairman, Daniel Abraham. In his book, Fire-Breathing Liberal, Wexler notes he visited Saudi Arabia three weeks after Sept. 11, traveling on the center's dime with Abraham, "a close personal friend of my family."