Not much of a primary challenge for Boehner
May 6th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
8 months ago

Not much of a primary challenge for Boehner

(CNN) - Tuesday's primary day in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio.

And while the GOP Senate showdown in North Carolina's grabbing tons of national attention, House Speaker John Boehner's bid for re-nomination is barely getting a mention by media outside of the Buckeye State.

That's probably because the 12-term Republican lawmaker, who represents Ohio's 8th Congressional district, is easily expected to defeat challenges from two tea party candidates.

Boehner started primary day in his district by voting, before heading back to the nation's capital as the House of Representatives came back into session.

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This primary season Boehner did something he hadn't done since 2010: run a couple of campaign commercials. Boehner closed the primary campaign with an ad showing the speaker with his wife Debbie, as he highlights his family's history in the district, a GOP stronghold in southwestern Ohio.

"It's been an honor to serve you. I want to continue this fight. I'm asking for your vote on May 6th," Boehner said in the spot.

Despite the attacks from the right on Boehner and others in the House GOP leadership in Washington, there's little evidence of any troubles for the speaker back in his home district. Since the start of the tea party movement in 2009, Boehner easily defeated a bunch of primary challengers in 2010, and he grabbed 84% of the vote in his 2012 primary victory over a tea party candidate. Boehner was unopposed in that year's general election.

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While Boehner's campaigning has been low key, one of his challengers made headlines.

J.D. Winteregg, a high school and college French teacher, went up with a internet spot that used Boehner's name in a parody themed web ad that mimicked commercials marketing drugs for male sexual dysfunction. The spot accused Boehner of having "Electile Dysfunction."

While the ad got Winteregg attention, it also got him fired. The small Christian school where Winteregg worked as a adjunct professor didn't appreciate his entry into partisan politics, nor did the like the spot's tone.


Filed under: 2014 • House of Representatives • John Boehner
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    after he wins the primary, he'll head to the nearest saloon for a personal litre of scotch and good cry.....

    May 6, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    If Boehner can't get more than 55% in the primary, then he was challenged. This should have been a cakewalk for him since he is the Weeper... I mean Speaker of the House.

    May 6, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Stop distracting from Benghazi and trying to make it all about you you you, Mr. Weeper!

    "While the ad got Winteregg attention, it also got him fired. The small Christian school where Winteregg worked as a adjunct professor didn't appreciate his entry into partisan politics, nor did the like the spot's tone."

    What, no GOPers/Teatrolls are going to yell and scream about "free speech" in response to this?

    May 6, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Chris-E...al

    J Boehner would have worked with the dems if they were sensible ? Just like the min wage the dems had it wrote up where it would rise with cost of living after the 10.10 plateau ? Which means employers could be paying 20bucks a hour for someone at entry level jobs in no time ? Is that sensible or wise ? I think dems didnt want it to pass did they .

    May 6, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    Not much of a primary challenge? You can echo that all across the political spectrum. Republicans will be re-elected in droves. Could take the Senate also. And the end for the liberals the next 2 years at least. Now will "Dummy" listen up? Not likely.

    May 6, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Lizzie

    Chris-E..Al, even the democrats voted against it in the senate after Harry Reid thought he had the votes, no bribe big enough in an election year.

    May 6, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    This....is....BENGHAZICUS!!!!

    May 6, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. DRAKE MALLARD

    There's a reason for this, there's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you've got... because the owners of this country don’t want that. I'm talking about the real owners now... They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking.

    George Carlin

    May 6, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Warren

    Sure glad I don't live in southwestern Ohio.. They must be a bunch of rednecks there to keep him in office..

    May 6, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Chris

    I was depressed to see Jeb Bush catching up with Hilary in the polls. Any American that can allow a member of the
    Bush family to trick them into voting for them again is crazy. If another Bush takes office we won't have a country left.
    Our ecomony will be destroyed. The Bushes do not make very good presidents.

    May 6, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Lizzie

    RudyNYC, why was she wearing WHITE gloves in the backwoods, something is fishy with this story.
    -----------------------------------
    She was in her backyard, and it was cold that day. It was an honest mistake, but the hunters WERE TRESPASSING. They were unaware that the property had been purchased, and that there were people living there.

    May 6, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    I wouldn't worry too much Chris. Jethro ain't pure enough for the power brokers so he won't get the nod. Although if he does get it, it'll be because he pulled a McCain or Flip Flopney...that is going far right to get the nod. After that he won't be able to recover since his severe conservativism will come back to bite him

    May 6, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "RudyNYC, why was she wearing WHITE gloves in the backwoods, something is fishy with this story.
    -----------–
    She was in her backyard, and it was cold that day. It was an honest mistake, but the hunters WERE TRESPASSING. They were unaware that the property had been purchased, and that there were people living there.
    ===

    More to the point: traditional gardening gloves are often white or off-white.

    May 6, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Lizzie

    RudyNYC, why was she wearing WHITE gloves in the backwoods, something is fishy with this story.
    -----------–
    She was in her backyard, and it was cold that day. It was an honest mistake, but the hunters WERE TRESPASSING. They were unaware that the property had been purchased, and that there were people living there.
    =====================================================================
    My bad. I see your misunderstanding now. I didn't want to go into details too much. The husband was outside with his wife and baby. They heard a shot, which came from very close by. The wife was quite startled, and had crossed her hands on her chest. The hunters claimed to have aimed at what they thought was the white tail of a deer.

    May 6, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Voters don't know anything about their candidates...............so they simply vote for them again, without any regard to performance, at all.

    The people of America deserve the government they vote for........one that is totally corrupt and dictatorial.

    May 6, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |