[UPDATE 2]The third video (appended at the bottom of the post) – is a conversation I had with John Boehner on his show, Majority Report, this morning.
One interesting part of the interview had to do with something I’ve seen suggested by several people: that this is a “hit” put on Boehner from malcontents within his own caucus. I haven’t seen a lot of speculation regarding motive, but what I have seen generally has to do with petty ambition. I can’t say anything definitive, but this seems suspect to me. I’ll say why by asking a few questions: Why wouldn’t they have done it before he took the gavel? Why put the Republican Party through the storm that is sure to result if Boehner is forced to resign? Why not get word to him quietly, before he took the gavel?
Nah. I suspect that this is just something that made its way through the DC gossip mill and found its way to me because my source knew I’d be willing to ask about it if I was given enough background (unlike the vast majority of DC reporters that can’t afford to risk access – although, I will say that it is pretty amazing that they harbored no such fears when Clenis was their subject).
[UPDATE] In the comments, Boy Culture’s Matthew Rettenmund leaves a link to photos of the National Enquirer story. Can’t quite make out the text, but it’s a two-page spread.
Remember the videos at the bottom of this post?
The New York Times passed on the story (if there ever was one; Page 6 of the New York Post isn’t known as the beginning and end of truth), but evidently Boehner hasn’t been successful in making the story go away. I was recently contacted by a reporter from the National Enquirer, and now I have confirmation that their story will hit the newsstands on Thursday.
Wonder how well Boehner’s zero-tolerance pledge regarding corruption will hold up when it comes out that several hundred paper-making jobs were lost in his district and he refused to do anything about it at the same time he was sleeping with a lobbyist for the printing industry that was very happy to get their cheap paper from China.
Gotta give it to Lyons though! She’s one hell of a lobbyist!
[UPDATE] Just remembered that Rep. Bonner, just yesterday, trashed the National Enquirer when asked about the ethics process. I don’t believe in accidents.
Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) told a reporter for a newspaper in his home state that political realities kept House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) from shutting down the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, which he said would begin an investigation “out of the National Enquirer.”