Liberty Township Tea Party Shills For Boehner

Back Home, Some Tea Partiers Still Back Boehner

The nationalized tea party might be railing against him, but Boehner has conservative support in Ohio.

House Speaker John Boehner speaks at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

House Speaker John Boehner reportedly has spent nearly $300,000 on campaign ads in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets, evidence that his road to re-election isn't as smooth as it could be.

By Lauren FoxApril 22, 2014One comment SHARE

House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t look to be in serious jeopardy of losing his congressional seat or his speaker’s gavel in 2014, but nationalized tea party groups are making things uncomfortable for the 12-term incumbent and forcing him to campaign harder than he has in many years.

This election cycle, political action committee the Tea Party Leadership Fund has sent invitations to a “Surprise Retirement Party” for Boehner, R-Ohio, to reporters and constituents, and has spent $320,000 supporting one of Boehner’s three primary challengers: J.D. Winteregg, a French teacher.

The group appears to be harnessing the national frustration with Boehner that has been bubbling up for years, as the speaker has brought legislation to the floor that's passed with more Democratic votes than Republican ones. As a response to Boehner pushing to increase the debt ceiling earlier this year, the Senate Conservatives Fund launched, an online site where more than 38,000 people have signed a petition to oust Boehner and a forum for tracking House Republicans who have called on Boehner to resign from his position as the GOP’s point man.

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To counter the insurgency, Boehner has been forced to run a television advertising campaign touting his ties to his district after a four-year hiatus from the airwaves. According to The Washington Post's tally, the speaker’s spent nearly $300,000 on campaign ads in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets that will run at least until late April. The small cost of the ad buy is a drop in the bucket for Boehner, who has more than $3.3 million cash on hand in his personal campaign war chest. Yet it's still evidence of his having to work harder than he has in some time to keep his seat, ahead of competing in a May 6 primary.

Back home, however, Boehner’s constituents are not so sure the nationalized anti-establishment groups know what's best for them, nor are they sure that groups like the Tea Party Leadership Fund have their best interests at heart.  

“They are just carpetbagging,” says Susan McLaughlin, a board member of the Liberty Township Tea Party. “They need to go home and take care of their districts and their counties. We are smart enough here. We don’t need them.”

McLaughlin defends Boehner, whom she affectionately refers to as “John.” She says there is certainly an undercurrent of folks in the district who wish Boehner would be more “fiery and flamboyant,” but  that sort of leader “has never been him.”

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“I just have never seen this kind of opposition to John, and a lot of it is coming from out of the district,” McLaughlin says.

Kevin McDonald, a GOP activist in Boehner's district, calls all the outside campaigning against Boehner “a little dumb.” He argues that not everyone is “thrilled” with Boehner, but many still understand that he's not just their lawmaker, he's the speaker of the House.

“You cannot please everybody, but he still has a good groundswell of support,” McDonald says.

Carl Rullmann of the West Chester Tea Party is more on the fence. With just a few weeks until the Republican primary, he still has not made up his mind on which candidate will get his vote.

“I don’t think John is a ‘RINO’ [Republican In Name Only], but he has given in on a few things that we wish he had not,” Rullmann says. “I cannot think of a single thing he has done wrong, but I look at results and he has not been able to stop the liberal socialist juggernaut.”

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A stronger undercurrent of similar dissatisfaction eventually could fester and threaten Boehner's position in the future.

“He has made several promises that I don’t feel he has kept. Nothing about him says he is one of us anymore. We cannot even get him to come to a town hall meeting,” says Richard Inman, who represents the Fairfield Tea Party.

Inman says his frustration with Boehner isn’t personal, it’s just about his job performance. 

“As a person, I like him. I have voted for him. I have campaigned for him,” Inman says. “The loyalty doesn’t apply when [lawmakers] are doing a bad job.”

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Comment by Suede on May 16, 2014 at 2:47am
Wine, whine, and cheese from Boehner.
Comment by Shirley Williams on May 14, 2014 at 6:27am

Is this Liberty Tea Party really part of the Conservative movement? Cannot be if they think this guy has been effective. They have been bought out or are infiltrators.

Comment by robert cosenza on May 13, 2014 at 7:05pm

to bonehead you can spend all the money you want,but all we the people by me,don,t look at mr politicans pocketbook,we investigate his past and present deeds,not his words or his mr politicans spend all the money you want.but we look past the money,into your deeds.and into your actions.join us mr Boehner in Washington dc may 16,2014 for oas{operation American spring}we are asking every politican we know to join the dc rally,your either with we the people,or your against we the people.we know what your past deeds have we watch your future deeds.god bless American veterans/citizens 

Comment by Marty9957 on May 12, 2014 at 10:56am

I was really proud of the fact that the leader of the House was from my home state. Now I am more ashamed as time goes by. The biggest problem is he does not appear to be listening to his constituents nor any one else around the country. When he gets to the point where he thinks he knows better than the people who put him in his position, it's time for him to go. We need someone who will represent our views and lead the House accordingly. The Clermont Tea Party needs to double its efforts to get some fresh blood in that seat. I would hate to keep feeding the monster who is trying to marginalize us.

Comment by B. W. Venables on April 26, 2014 at 10:14am

Boehner is just another, in a long line of LIARS, who want to revise our immigration system WITHOUT SECURING OUR BORDERS. These buttheads, since the Amnesty of 1986, have promised a secure border and have NOT DELIVERED. The laws we have on the books would protect the USA...IF...government would only enforce them. Pray tell, how can you change our immigration laws without sealing our borders??

Comment by Betz on April 25, 2014 at 2:11pm
Boehner is not just representing his Ohio district. He is the leader of the house and should be considering all of the nation's citizens. As the leader of the house boehner has the responsibility and obligation to follow and uphold the Constitution. He has not done that therefore, he should resign and let someone else that can. TPs that are supporting him on the excuse they know him and say others should stay out of Ohio are not true TP people. They are part of elite group in boehner district per their own statements. Let Boehner goes back to representing Ohio and resigns as the leader of the house. A leader he is NOT. A traitor he is and a gutless one at that.
Comment by Barbara J. Greives on April 25, 2014 at 11:12am

Those are NOT conservative supporters.  They are Boehner cronies who have been promised the moon so this POS rino can stay in office!

Comment by Chris Quackenbush on April 25, 2014 at 7:28am

Vote ALL of them out.  They all swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and have utterly failed to do so. 

Comment by Shirley Williams on April 25, 2014 at 6:08am

Is it possible that the Tea Party is getting infiltrated? Only other explanation is MONEY. Maybe this is what the Dems are talking about when they say the Tea Party is dead.

Comment by william e zimmerman on April 24, 2014 at 9:49pm


obama is his GIRLFRIEND

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