Boehner “Redistricting” Out Dissent?
Say what you will about Republican John Boehner’s prowess as the Speaker of the House. Sure, he might not be strong enough to push his caucus to unify and vote legislation through. But it looks like crossing him has its own perils, too.
Rumors are swirling that Ohio Republicans in charge of the state’s redistricting plan are plotting to cut a little GOP support out of Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan’s previously safe House district as a way to punish him for publicly criticizing the Speaker’s debt ceiling plan. As the state Republicans finish up the new map, one plan is being floated that would move bits of Democratic strongholds into Jordan’s district, making his safe seat into a potential hotbed for challengers. According to the Columbus Dispatch:
“Jim Jordan’s boneheadedness has kind of informed everybody’s thinking,” said one of the sources, both of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity. “The easiest option for everybody has presented itself.”
The undermining of Boehner was the last straw for Statehouse Republicans controlling the redistricting process in Ohio, saying Jordan’s refusal to be a team player should cost him his job.
“He doesn’t know it, but he solved a problem for Republican line-drawers by (figuratively) standing up and saying, ‘I’m a jerk and I deserve to be punished,’ ” said one of the sources.
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