November 17th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
12 years ago

John Boccieri: the happy loser

Washington (CNN) - John Boccieri shouldn't be happy.

The first term Congressman from Ohio lost his re-election effort two weeks ago, running a campaign that emphasized his support for Democratic initiatives like health care reform, cap and trade, and the stimulus bill.

But as he emerged from a private meeting with other House Democrats on Tuesday, the first forum with Speaker Nancy Pelosi since the elections, Boccieri looked surprisingly pleased.

Characterizing the meeting as "an after actions report," the Air Force reservist said his party's poor showing was mainly due to the bad economy.

And despite the barrage of campaign ads linking him to Pelosi, he does not blame her for his defeat.

"What I'm taking away from this is that it is the economy. Folks are still unhappy and uneasy about the economic anxiety out there, and they are going to take it out on the people who are in charge," he said. "All you had to do was take a name out of it, it could have been any member of our caucus, and if they were speaker it would have been the same thing."

"Republicans, to their credit, were very simple in their message; it became about Nancy Pelosi and not about working class issues. It was very hard issue to get past in the national election."

After Congress wraps up its lame duck session in December, Boccieri says he will return to Alliance, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and five children, the youngest born just days before the election.

As he talks about the future, a smile appears on his face.

"I get to go back home and change some diapers and help my wife out. With five kids at home, that's where I'm going to find my feet."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    John, you were right and the right wing Nazi's were and are wrong!

    November 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. darla

    No he's not. He's the winner. Now he does not have to serve ungrateful ignorant moron that want to take the country back to the 19th century. He supported the democratic agenda and stand by it. now if he see poor sick children dying on the street because their parents have no insurance policy . He will not feel the guilt of not helping them. He serve he's time as a first time Senator with clean conscience and that is to help people but the people does not want his help. So be it Now Senator you can sit down, relax and watch the circus that is about to happen. Thank you for your service and may God bless you and your family.

    November 17, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. gg

    We proud of you John! you have done the right thing for the middle class...Thank you!...Thank you!...Thank you!..I wish you will run again on 2012.

    November 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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