Exit strategy? Boehner buys home in Florida as groups recruit candidates to unseat him

Photo credit: The Daily Caller

A grassroots organization is conducting a forum in U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio district Saturday. Its main order of business is to recruit candidates to mount a primary challenge to the GOP congressman. Coincidentally (or maybe not) Boehner just sealed the deal on a Florida condominium.

Boehner is but one Republican member of Congress the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC is looking to unseat — but he’s definitely the “big kahuna.” Hopefuls expected to appear at the Easton, Ohio event include businessman Eric Gurr and educator-tea party activist J.D. Winteregg, according to The Daily Caller.

The DC reported:

Conservative and tea party groups renewed calls to oust Boehner from the speakership last week, after he brought legislation to the floor to increase the debt ceiling without any conditions. The majority of the Republican conference opposed the bill, with just 28 Republicans joining with Democrats to pass the bill.
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The vote sparked outrage among outside conservative groups, prompting several to call for the speaker to resign. The two sides have long had a rocky relationship with Boehner. The relationship worsened after the government shutdown last year, when Boehner declared that some conservative outside groups had “lost all credibility.”

Syndicated radio host Rusty Humphries, a spokesman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, indicated to Breitbart News that the group is sponsoring a petition drive and is funding a $26,000 ad campaign against the speaker.

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“John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government,” Humphries told Breitbart News in a statement. “Today we declare war on him. We intend to send a message to his fellow ‘Republicans In Name Only’ that such ideologically bankrupt leadership must come to an end.”

The Washington Post reported Friday that Boehner and his wife recently purchased a condominium on Florida’s gulf coast in upscale Marco Island. They put $185,000 down against a total $835,000 purchase price.

Getting out of Dodge? The post made that suggestion, and noted that the purchase “has increased chatter that the House speaker is planning his exit strategy from Washington when the 113th Congress draws to a close later this year.”

But Boehner spokesman Michael Steel claims it ain’t so.

“This area of Florida has been the Boehners’ family vacation spot for many years, and rather than continue to put money into vacation rentals year after year, they decided to buy a condo,” Steel told CBS News.

Still, one can’t help but consider the timing of the thing — people want him gone, and he buys a retirement home in another state.


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