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Thursday, April 03, 2008

How Boehner will spend $1 million

A federal court announced this week that Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., must fork over $1.1 million to Rep. John Boehner in the illegal taped call case that has dragged on for more than a decade.

Boehner, a West Chester Republican, says he hasn't gotten the dough yet.

"I've not seen any payment since the most recent ruling," he told reporters at a lunch meeting today, explaining that he'd offered McDermott since 2001 the chance to settle the case for $10,000 to a charity and an apology.

"He couldn't agree (to that), so he'll have to pay," Boehner said.

And what does the Republican leader plan to spend all that cash on?

"The million dollars? Almost all of the money that I've raised (for legal costs) has been on behalf of my colleagues. So the money will go to my colleagues to help defeat Democrats. Pure and simple," he said.

Also at the meeting:

-- Boehner declined to name names for who should be GOP presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, but he did give a description of what McCain should look for: a good conservative who is younger than McCain and who could fill his shoes if something happened.

Asked by a reporter if he thought Terrace Park Republican Rob Portman fit the profile, Boehner replied: "I do."

-- Boehner, who returned from a trip to the Middle East last week, amused reporters with a story about his visit with Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qadhafi. He described meeting with the leader in a tent in the middle of the desert and how Qadhafi, in the middle of their discussion, summoned an aide to give Boehner a pair of sunglasses, saying: "Desert not kind to blue eyes."

After the meeting, Boehner tried to return them, but Qadhafi said: "No, you keep. You need."

Asked by reporters what kind of sunglasses they were and if they violated the House ban on gifts, Boehner said they were too big and that they did not violate the ban.

The luncheon was sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Here's another paper's take on the lunch.

And the Plain Dealer's take.


at 4:05 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Christian Science Monitor ?

That confirms everything we've been saying: Typical wRong wingnut whacko !

We don't think the Christian Scientist approve of smoking ?

Hack, Hack, Hack !

We wonder if the Christian Science Monitor gave the boner any pay-to-pray checks to hand out on the house floor ?

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 4:24 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How Boehner will spend $1 million?

On Kleenex and other props for his phoney 'crocodile tears' on the house floor?

Oh yeah, he'll also need 'cig money'.

at 4:47 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boehner ought to save the money for his own lawyers. He'll need them when the next Attorney General begins investigating the Republican Network of Criminals and shuts them down as a corrupt enterprise.

at 8:16 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess everyone hates Boehner.

One question: How many of your favorites have said (& lived), the "No-Earmarks" pledge?

at 8:55 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems like you people with your childish comments are missing the point entirely. I believe it was a democrat, again, who wouldn't admit he was wrong and you can't deal with that fact. typical, why am I not surprised.

at 11:47 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now wait just a minute on that "no earmarks" pledge.

Here's the difference between Bone-Head's refusal to take earmarks. What he does is takes cash payouts from lobbyists that he sticks in his own pocket and facilitates the same for his fellow buddies, then tries to claim clean on taking money that would go into the PUBLIC PROJECT'S POCKET of his constitients.

Now, think about that folks.
He refuses to take money to benefit his district, but is more than happy to take money from lobbyist for himself.

So, who do taxpayers really think are paying for his private payoffs? We, the taxpayers are paying for in the juicy contract, lenient legislation, etc. that the lobbyist won. They wouldn't be "investing" cold hard cash in Bone-Head unless they were getting pay back ten fold somewhere -- and that's coming right out of some government contract or other nefarious deal.

"No earmarks" HAH! Just no earmarks for his community and loads for his own pockets - are voters really this absolutely stupid????~!!!

at 11:49 PM, April 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read where Boehner voted against legislation to lower the costs of college texbooks - then we find out - guess what group contributed to his campaign?
No earmarks? Right. No earmarks, just cash instead - for him. Screw the community and line your own pockets.

at 12:06 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...Guess everyone hates Boehner. One question: How many of your favorites have said (& lived), the "No-Earmarks" pledge? 8:16 PM, April 03, 2008"

Just like a 'culture of corruption', all about me - wRong wingnut whacko !

Boner will take backeee money in his campaign chest, hand their checks out to other 'culture of corruption' cronies, but, will not bring one earmark project home for the voters because he needs the tax-payer money for his tobacco buddies and corporate welfare for the top 1% !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 9:15 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you all are in favor of earmarks, then? I'm not.

at 9:32 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you need to know about Boehner is that he's a big part of the repugs party and he must go. Soon enough his party will be powerless, so those of you in his district should obviously suuport the party of power and new hope which would obviously be any Democrat.

at 11:01 AM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just pay up and quit whining. Wasn't McDermott that one of the crazies who visited Iraq on Sadaam's nickel before the war?

at 7:02 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Boner doesn't need the money then why doesn't he give it back to the community he represents in the form of grant money to a worthy cause instead of spreading hate for anyone that is not a republica. Yes I said republica. If they can call the democratic party the democrat party, then I can call the republicans republicas.

Remember ge was caught in the cover-up of ole Newty. Just wait for the full investigation. Just like our former republica auditor, he will go down.

at 8:33 PM, April 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earmark Lovers??? Didn't think so.

at 12:42 AM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance to another right-wingut-job. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080405/clsa013.html?.v=11

at 11:48 AM, April 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...Earmark Lovers??? Didn't think so. 8:33 PM, April 04, 2008"

Earmarks are not problem when we are wasting billions in Iraq, Period !

Earmarks can play a vital role in society !

Local community projects can get funded which normally would go unanswered due to the low-coat of the project !

If a legislator has the skill, savvy to get a pet project funded then ho-ray for your elected representative, but, if that legislator is abusing the process for their crones, then publicizing them will allow the electorate to review and 'boot' the wRong wingnut whacko out !

Or play dumb and allow an individual whom passes out tobacco industry checks on the house floor to advance to minority leader !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 12:02 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boener's 'no earmarks' pledge is a joke. Congress has and will always waste our taxpayers' money in any number of non-pork barrel ways, including the war in Iraq, ethanol subsidies, bogus road and bridge projects, prosecuting and jailing his buddies (like Abramoff and Ney) and on and on.....Just look at all of the press releases where Johnny B. takes credit for non-earmarked goodies. WAKE UP FOOLS.

at 12:07 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Muammar our enemy? What is Boner meeting with him for, in the desert, except to deepen his tan and spend more tax money on an overseas junket?
You should have taken him out John. Didn't you chew Clinton out for not being tough enough on Qaddafi?
You better check those shades. Probably bugged with a spy device, fool!

at 12:15 AM, April 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you reporters even pay attention to this has-been anymore?
You give him credibility by publishing this tripe.
Your time would be better spent combing the Ney-Abramoff wiretaps for ties back to Boehner, Kasich, Portman and other GOP bottomfeeders.

at 3:30 PM, April 10, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beating democrats with money taken from that old America-Hater-In-Chief, "Baghdad Jim"...


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