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February 10, 2016

John Boehner Gets Democratic Challenger

Boehner has a new challenger. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Miami University of Ohio professor Tom Poetter announced this week that he will challenge Speaker John A. Boehner in Ohio’s 8th District, marking the first Democrat to try to oust the top House Republican this cycle.

Poetter, an education professor at Miami University, has also directed the university’s Partnership Office, which helps the university reach out to the surrounding community.

But Poetter faces an uphill battle to oust Boehner in the 8th District, which voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney with 62 percent in 2012. Boehner ran unopposed last cycle, but in 2010, he defeated his Democratic opponent by a 36-point margin.

Ohio’s 8th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • susierosie

    Could this district be getting less red in 2014?

  • KarenJ

    Have you seen what Boehner’s district borders look like? — Ohio’s 8th District includes all of Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, and the southernmost part of Mercer County.

    It’s sure not the worst in terms of inexplicable district borders, either in Ohio or anywhere else, but it does benefit Boehner.

  • mariancruz

    I know little about this area, but would hope the people realize how much damage Boehner did and that this shut down cost us 24 billion dollars.

  • John Turner

    You need to correct information in your article. Tom Poetter is actually not the first Democrat to announce his run for the cycle. Andrew Hounshell announced his campaign earlier this year but ended it two months later.

  • Capone

    They won’t.

  • Ryan

    Token Democratic opponent in Ohio’s 8th, just like the token Republican who’ll arrive in California’s 12th.

  • Vincent Jennings

    If the District gets a strong Independent Candidate like they have in MO-7 it may split up the vote 33-33-34…

  • atgunner

    I’m from the area. It’s quite gerrymandered, as the areas of miami, preble, dark, mercer and butler counties are rural farming communities with over 95% white, middle class majorities. Only the small section, as you can see from the map above, south of huber heights in Montgomery county is a small sliver of the city of dayton, a county that narrowly went for Obama at a 50% to 47% margin.

    Hopes of dethroning Boehner = miniscule

  • BrotherMatthias

    Not likely.

  • BrotherMatthias

    The national debt is costing us much more, and Boehner is the first speaker to cut spending since the 1950s.

  • Timothy L Crawford

    With a Tea Party opponent it could happen.

  • Timothy L Crawford

    Boehner pulled in far fewer votes than Romney did last election. Maybe my neighbors are growing tired of watching their jobs migrate overseas.

  • rr_nyc

    Isn’t a non-tenured College Professor in the White House enough?

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  • papal

    The problem with Boehner district is the dems keep putting up folks that the majority of the folks do not support. The only possible democrat that could win an election in the district would have to be a hard “blue dog” democrat and washington doesn’t like blue dogs. Many people might or might vote for Boehner but will not vote for another Obama yes man.

  • rr_nyc

    Then prepare for more failure.

    Last thing we need are more lunk head College Profs leading the dementi-liberal charge for more Federal governance of matters big and small.

    Whipping the Student cafeteria info a frenzy for new latte machine does not make you capable of leading Government.

    Obama is a perfect example.

  • john hall

    We need more Federal Government, not less. The government should have the moral right, duty, and obligation to protect/save the American people from themselves!

  • Rob_Chapman

    Boehner’s cuts to the federal government mean more people going hungry and less ammunition, less training and less preventive maintenance for the armed services.

    The flawed roll out of Obamacare is the direct result of slow appointments of key officials to important federal jobs and lack of resources in comparison to the need.

    Whether or not one likes Obamacare, its development shows the anatomy of the coming impotence of the federal government in the age of Boehner.

    Boehner is willing to let the entire government fall apart to impress ideologues like BrotherMathias who apply micro economic concepts to macro economic problems.

    If we want to cut the federal deficit we need the bipartisan grand bargain Boehner is unwilling to make.

    Getting rid of Boehner in a primary or a general election is a good start in returning to government by the people.

  • rr_nyc

    I have NO moral duty to save you from your stupidity. By inference neither do the Feds.

    I believe in Darwin. I believe in Science. I am not a science denier like you. Nor a math denier.

    Humans need to work and bear the consequences of all their decisions. Good intentions are nice but you can not undo human nature. Cuba is a great example of the failure you propose.

    But funny because all the Government we have been getting is so helpful.

    $600 million for a non functioning Brokerage site.
    Poverty programs growing leaps and bounds.

    Feds taking over public education with no results.
    War in Iraq bungled for years
    Mismanaged Social Security programs and Medicare
    Exploding Medicaid rolls.

    Proven record of losing. Nice to know you support losing.

  • john hall

    The government is SUPPOSED to save/protect you from yourself, not you protect me.

  • papal

    Maybe you think you know a little about the area. Many of the folks don’t care about the shutdown that almost was or supported a shutdown. They are tired of Washington and even more so tired of Obama. They think if DC is shutdown then DC is not hurting them. Much of the blame for conditions rest on this current administration. In 2014, folks won’t be voting for Boehner, they will be voting against Obama.

  • rr_nyc

    Now that is a totally new Constitution you just invented.

    Go live in a pod and report to the Matrix you fool.

  • Dan

    I love how liberals always write off conservatives chances but magically declare every area turning blue. It’s like they feel entitled to every seat in our government.

  • gailillly

    Well the people in Ohio are going to have to work harder than ever to GET OUT THE VOTE. REMIND THEM WHEN, WHERE, TIME AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS PROPER IDENTIFICATION TO TAKE WITH THEM. I just don’t get it, we dont’ have to show a dam thing, just check in and your name is checked off and you are given the ballot. You vote go back and check out and then put your OWN BALLOT IN THE MACHINE. We never have problems. What the hell is wrong with people??

  • sickandtiredofliars

    Boehner is more of a progressive liberal . He needs to be replaced with a true conservative and Believer of the constitution which by the way he takes an oath to defend but his actions and backroom deals show he cares not for truth or the constitution.

  • mikem42

    Boehner voted for and led in the House the unnecessary war in Iraq, the tax cuts for the rich and the huge giveaway to big Pharma. He handed out checks on the floor of the House from big Tobacco. He and the Repubs ran up the huge debts, and caused the near depression and collapse by these spending sprees, and by complicity in deregulating Wall Street. To blame the current president, who came into office so far behind is asinine. The R’s have no interest in creating jobs, and therefore increasing taxable incomes. The deficit has been cut in half, not because of sequestration, but in spite of it. You really don’t care about truth and facts if you continue your line of reasoning.

  • Chredon

    They might, but they’ll blame the shutdown on the Democrats for not bending over and letting the GOP kill ACA.

  • Sally

    Oh bull. All those ‘spending cuts’ did was cost jobs. And money to states like Ohio for education and roads. He is the mouthpiece of the Kochs, nothing more. He can’t even control his own caucus, let alone get any votes passed. Nancy Pelosi never lost a vote. Not one. And that debt? It’s falling faster than in 50 years, thanks to Obama, not Boehner. But keep spinning. Fox needs the viewers.

  • Nick Berio

    just contributed to boners Dem opponent.
    We can afford to lose one Repub House member can’t we
    and it would send a message

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