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.

Of course, Boehner and his fellow Republicans deny the allegations, saying that it might not be the final drawing of the district, and it is in no way retaliation even if it is.  “Jim Jordan and I may not always agree on strategy, but we are friends and allies, and the word retribution is not in my vocabulary,” Boehner said. “I look forward to continuing to serve with him in the U.S. House after the redistricting process in Ohio is complete.”
Notice, that says nothing about “after the 2012 election.”

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118 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R9 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R9 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R9 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Igor M.
Igor m6 years ago

I would suggest it again, why would not we stick with the subject of the article?

So what is the news? That the crying speaker can be mean when you brush his coat the wrong way? I am shocked ...

This whole redistricting practice or gerrymandering is another atrocity that would be unthinkable in a civilized country. So, congratulations to both parties here.

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Arthur W.
art W6 years ago

I may have said this before but, of course we need to subsidize and give tax breaks to the wealthy. Think of all the jobs they create building yachts, private jets and up scale condos.
And of course their patronage at very classy restaurants such as the Masa in NYC. Minimum per person $450 tips (oops, I mean gratuity), tax and drinks. They boast of serving the very threatened Blue Fin Tuna as sushi.

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Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

To Diane O.: One thing you may choose to eliminate from your posts, is the sexual escapades of our politicians, and/or the fact that they never lie to us.
No logical person, especially a woman, should condone President Clinton's develish behavior, but let's not pretend, he is or was the only one.

Let us not pretend, the goal of Big Business is to assist families to buy homes, food, automobiles, or educate their children. We are aware of their goals and it has to do with money and their share-holders.

In regards to people coming, from all parts of the Earth, to live in the U.S.A., why do you think they do that? They do that, in order to make BETTER than 'slave' wages, that they make, from where they come.
You sound like an intelligent person, so it baffles me, that you believe Big Business is not making hugh profits, even those who employ workers, here, in America. Surely, you read statistics, or do you think that they all lie to you?
Their incentive to keep their businesses here, should be based on patriotism.

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Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

If you don't have 'some' toughness and 'some' meanness in your personality, you won't make it far in politics, or for very long.
The Tea Party Republicans are about to find out, just how government operates.

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Robert B.
Robert B6 years ago

Large corporations only supply as few jobs as necessary. They are not interested in the welfare of the American family. It's the small independent businesses that are the backbone of this country. The "Big Boys" don't want to pay their fair share of taxes. Giving them tax breaks HAS NOT kept or brought any jobs to the US. I would like to see Congress share in the "sacrifice" by cutting their own salaries and benefits, just like everyone else. But you can be sure they will have no problem voting themselves a pay raise (that should not even be legal). And where in the private sector can you work for only 5 years and then be eligible for 80% of your pay as retirement if you quit or are voted out?!!! If the poor and middle class suffer so should Congress.

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Arthur W.
art W6 years ago

Diane, you have probably used up all the comments allotted to us with about 6 fairly lengthy messages in defense of the GOP and their Tea Party buddies. Yes, I have been to the countries of which you speak and I also know that they have excellent health systems that are anathema to most Republicans. I also know something about the Unions that several Governors and those in Congress are trying to wipe out. Ever hear of the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory fire? Unions came along to prevent that atrocity by greedy and uncaring business from happening again. Also living wages. Also some stuff like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid that help protect the aged, children and disabled. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and the poster boy for idiocy, Kyle of AZ, would howl with delight to see them disappear. Oh, care to see what a car factory in 1936 was like? Check out this link - and it does not show the heat and noise: http://www.dump.com/2011/07/15/ fascinating-1936-footage-of-car-assembly-line-video. How many limbs were lopped off or crushed, do you suppose? Not many Unions, no OSHA and little regulation of anything. Just what the GOP and Tea Party would love to see again (unless, of course its regulations controlling female reproductive options - check out the latest action by the NC legislature). OH - PS If you are paying $.65 for an ordinary light bulb and $9 for the new fangled kind, you are being ripped off - probably will not be much of a Consumer Protection Agency to stop

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Diane O.
Diane F6 years ago

One last comment since we never know when we've satisfied our comment restriction...although we do not agree, I will always respect your right as an individual to voice your own opinions. We all have that right. I thank you for being civil.

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