September 14th, 2010
08:15 PM ET
12 years ago

DNC continues attack on Boehner

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC launched a web site targeting House Minority Leader John Boehner Wednesday."]

Washington (CNN) - Democrats continued to assail House Minority Leader John Boehner Tuesday, unveiling a website that highlights the Ohio congressman's ties to powerful special interest groups.

"Who's Who in Boehnerland" contains an interactive graphic that names lobbyists and details their specific ties to the Ohio congressman.

The site is the Democratic National Committee's latest move in an aggressive effort to paint Boehner as a politician deeply entwined with Washington's powerful special interests.

Facing a potential power shift in Congress after the November midterm elections, Democrats have seized on a New York Times article published Sunday that highlights the next prospective House speaker's ties to corporate lobbyists.

The DNC has also launched two national ads in the last week charging that the Ohio Republican is too close to powerful interest groups in the nation's capital.

But a spokesman for Boehner hit back, telling CNN that the ads are an attack designed to shift the conversation away from the economy.

"Out-of-touch and flailing, Washington Democrats are desperate to change the topic, but the American people won't forget their job-killing record," Michael Steel said.

–CNN Deputy Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report

Filed under: DNC • John Boehner
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    The republicans voted against every jobs bill that was presented.


    September 14, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. bobyehling

    Michael Steele is as out of touch as he claims others are. There's been a NET JOB GAIN since President Obama was elected, and 8 months in a row of increased jobs - which compares to the 3 yrs in a row when Rep. Boehner's beloved Republican policies led to net job losses ... and a cataclysmic economic downturn that the GOP wants us to forget was almost entirely of their doing. Thanks, in part, to the very special interest groups Rep. Boehner cuddles up with in the House.

    September 14, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Old Farmboy

    Funny that the DNC is slamming Boehner because of his lobbyist funding since Pelosi raised 1.8 times the amount from lobbyists. Oh and then there's what's his face.. You know, the Majority Leader.. Harry Reid tops the list of the top ten receiving money. It's obvious the DNC is blowing a smoke screen, but they need to look in the mirror. Out of the top 20 recepients, the Democrats have 15 out of those 20 positions. As of 22 August 2010, 45 sitting or past, including Murtha, have raised more.

    You know, CNN probably won't print this one because the truth hurts...

    September 14, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Flagship, NC

    Sounds like the Democrats are using Republican tactics against them. This is very smart.

    September 14, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. B. Haywood

    Nice one CNN. You are a happy participant in the politics of destruction.

    September 14, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Kristy

    Mr. Bonehead "just say no" Boehner needs to go kicks rocks because he clearly is out of touch...I am going to start a blog and liberal campaign group all because of the Boehner Republicans....get it...YOU GUYS WILL NEVER GET BACK IN TO THE WHITE HOUSE...IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Like the Dems haven't all been bought too?

    Big Business, Big Labour, Big Government–none of which give a particular damn how badly they screw up America or how badly they screw American citizens.

    September 14, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Lame strategy going after Boehner

    The Democrats are really really desparate if their entire strategy for saving their jobs is to go after Boehner - this is so lame, and really spells the end of Democratic control in the House. Nancy Pelosi is going to have to give up her $40,000 a week commuting jet home. And nancy will no tbe able to donate $30,000,000 (that's thirty million for you Dems that are bad with budgets and finances) to save her salt water white march mouse ....or the $250 million she used stimulus money on to give to Phillipino soldiers; or the $40 million she gave on a no bid contract to move a wine train to San Francisco so she could use it in her campaigns....

    No it is time the Dems were sent home packing so we can turn this country around again

    September 14, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Vigla

    Job killing record? That belongs to the Republicans lest we forget. Obama has actually added net jobs. Republicans can't talk economy without first apologizing for getting us into this mess in the first place and actually coming up with some kind of decent plan that will actually work. Instead they rehash the same old nonsense that got us into this mess in the first place. R for REVERSE!

    September 14, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. shirley

    The Dnc is still on John Boehner because they know he is lying to the Dems. or to Charles and David Koch. The Republicans and Conversative's thinks that Social Security, Medicare, and Medcaid, should be done away with.
    Joe Miller, Charles Koch, John Boehner, and the Fmr House Speaker.
    The Republican's never produce a Plan to resolved the Economy problem. So don't think they have a Plan, nor does the Conversative's, and the Tea Party selection.
    If these people get in American's will see some CRAP.

    September 14, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Mandy

    Well the democrats can't run on the bailout, the stimulus or the 2000 page healthcare monstrosity.

    No worries though, they have obviously decided that running against Boehner's tan is the winning move.

    September 14, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. jim

    The only thing left in the democratic arsenal is to go negative with their attacks and hope they can fool enough Americans to prevent their Nov.

    September 14, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. the real ib

    this coming from Kaine who was the biggest joke for a gov. Va. ever had?? What a joke.

    September 14, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    Do not worry Boehner, we understand the desparation emanating from the hapless Dems... There is nothing they can say at this point to stem the tide!! This November will be a bad month for Dems and a great month for American taxpayers!!!!

    September 14, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. all of America

    The democrats know they have already lost in november and the only thing they know to do is slam the other guy,face it , the democrats are loosers !

    September 14, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. paul

    "Bush Tax cuts really helped get jobs", give me a break. It only let the rich hold on to their money. If they had to spend it investing or hiring or it would be taxed at a high rate, then maybe they would start creating jobs.
    John Boehner needs to understand this and his republican friends. Trickle down dose not work, never did and never will. Companies and rich only get taxed on whats not spent building their company or profits. Taxing the rich dose not kill jobs, it might make some.

    September 14, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Barry

    Attack away Democrats. Your done in just a matter of days. Nobody is buying the Democrats BS anymore. The Obama Recession, Unemployment at 9.6%, Economy in terrible shape, Tripled Deficit, and Poverty at the highest level since the 60's. The American Public know the Democrats have all but ruined this country. It's time to get the children out of the way and let the Adults clean up the mess Obama has made with his Grand Socialist Experiment Gone Terribly a wry.

    September 14, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Kenneth

    Ya just can't deny those "Special Interest" ties can ya?

    September 14, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  19. work harder

    Obama and democrats have shorter arms than an aligator, they couldnt reach across an aisle even if the asile were non existent. Quit the democrat party. Wait for Hilary, she would be the President if not for the States that Socialists prevented to be counted. Further the housing crude of fannie and freddie turned the country upside down not high income earners. Remember Democrats have been in charge since 2007 and Obama claims Bush and high income earners are the sole fault. Give me a break. Obama will be a one term President. The spin artist is a forgery.

    September 14, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. King

    Orange man is the least of dem worries because he will be held hostage by the lunatic fringe tea bagger if they ever think about voting for any thing obama agrees with. their soul purpose is to get obama out of office with any means possible even if it wrecks their own career or the country. They are comicosi politition.

    September 14, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  21. Snow

    The dems are getting desperate but there is no hole for the demo"rats" to crawl through.

    September 14, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  22. Aaron

    The connections of every elected legislator and the resulting motives for getting elected should be public knowledge for every single one of these guys, regardless of party. The American public would be shocked to discover who the handlers are for the majority of our elected representatives The fact that the majority of them have little interest in representing the interests of their constituents is obvious.

    September 14, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |