Incoming Senate Democratic leader Jeff Clemens is not going to be at the Florida Democratic Party’s convention in Orlando this weekend.

Clemens, dealing with the breaking news that he engaged in an extramarital affair with lobbyist Devon West, is spending time with family instead of with the party, spokesman Christian Ulvert said Friday.

The news broke Friday morning when POLITICO Florida reported that Clemens was apologizing for having an affair with the lobbyist during the last legislative session.

He was not among the featured speakers during the three-day 2017 FDP State Conference that began today at Disney’s​ ​Coronado​ ​Springs at Walt Disney World. Party officials did not respond to inquiries about whether Clemens, of Lake Worth, was scheduled to speak at any of the break-out sessions, or if he was to be featured in any other capacities.

“He’s going to be with his family,” Ulvert said.

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