John Boehner Really, Really Loves Lobbyists
GOP star is proud to back corporate America
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Sep 12, 2010 7:57 AM CDT
Boehner is in bed with big business - and proud of it.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Rep. John Boehner, would-be speaker of the House, has an unusually close relationship with lobbyists, finds the New York Times. The "perpetually tanned, sharply tailored, chain-smoking golfer" from Ohio cultivates an inner circle tied to some of America's most powerful companies, particularly tobacco and financial services firms.

Though Boehner's alliances have helped him rise through the ranks of the GOP, his pro-business style has drawn fire from Democrats. He "epitomizes the smoked-filled, backroom, special-interest deal making that turns off voters about Washington," says one Dem. But Boehner and his friends insist he's just—and quite literally—taking care of business. "That is how you get things done,” one lobbyist says.

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Sep 13, 2010 9:49 AM CDT
John Boehner is a despicable opportunist prick! If he was really sincere about fixing our national problems then he wouldn’t have been creating them when the republicans held control. The republicans weren’t interested or concerned about the debt when they were giving the filthy rich huge tax cuts, bailing out the banks, spending huge dollars on the military complex. Now all the sudden he has become fiscally responsible! Maybe somebody on one of the many golf courses he frequents explained economics 101 to him. He is one of the main republican asshole in congress who has no leadership skills, he has to go away, along with that strange tan!
Sep 12, 2010 7:21 PM CDT
still not voting Republican
Sep 12, 2010 5:08 PM CDT
I guess you could say he's got a "Boehner" for lobbyists.... :rimshot: