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October 25, 2014

John Boehner, David Joyce Clobber Tea Party Challengers (Updated)

John Boehner, David Joyce Clobber Tea Party Challengers (Updated)

Boehner is from Ohio. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:32 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio beat three GOP primary opponents on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in the district he has represented for 12 terms.

Boehner defeated teacher J.D. Winteregg, his most formidable primary opponent in the 8th District race, 74 percent to 15 percent, with just early votes reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Computer consultant Eric Gurr and tea party activist Matthew Ashworth, the two other Republicans in the primary, received 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

This year’s 8th District GOP primary marked the most spirited challenge Boehner has faced in years, according to Republican operatives in Ohio.

Winteregg raised just $48,000 for the entire contest — a paltry sum compared to the nearly $13 million Boehner has brought in this cycle. But Winteregg released a campaign ad that went viral, a tongue-in-cheek spot that took shots at Boehner’s leadership.

Similarly, the Tea Party Leadership Fund, an outside group that supports tea-party-aligned candidates, spent more than $350,000 in the contest to attack Boehner and boost Winteregg, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The money, however, was not enough to defeat Boehner on Tuesday.

Boehner’s primary win is tantamount to re-election in this southwestern Ohio district. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won here in 2012 with 62 percent.

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

Ohio’s 14th District

In the 14th District, the most competitive district in Ohio, freshman GOP Rep. David Joyce also defeated a tea-party-backed primary opponent.

Joyce defeated state Rep. Matt Lynch 55 percent to 45 percent, with 75 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP.

Republicans said Lynch never posed a serious threat to Joyce’s political future. Joyce had nearly $1.1 million in the bank as of March 31, compared to Lynch’s meager $25,000 war chest.

Joyce now moves on to face Democratic nominee Michael Wager, the former chairman of the Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

Ohio’s 14th District is rated a Leans Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Santini Perico

    Wanna hear a joke? The Tea Party hahahahahahahaha

    • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

      Right. Tea Party poopers.

  • bpai99

    “Nothing is more certain in politics than the crushing defeat of a faction that holds ideological purity to be of greater value than compromise.” – William Safire in the wake of the 1972 Democratic fiasco

    • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

      But that was not before the ideological Tea Party poopers.

  • florida girl

    you jerks from ohio just can’t get rid of Boehner can you???

    • monketballs

      flordia girl why don’t you go swim in shark infested waters

      • florida girl

        why don’t you go drown your self in the mud….

    • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

      But you don’t live in Ohio. Not your FL state.

    • limdog

      Yea well he out spent Winteregg 13mil to 48k. What else did you think would happen? Not everyone keeps track so closely of politics the way we do. If we all wanted him out so badly we should have organized and put some $ into it.

      • erick

        But John Boehner has erectile dysfunction and republicans hate babies.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Those people who think that the unemployed are “lazy”, and prefer collecting unemployment benefits, have no clue of the reality facing these families. Most of these people had long term employment, and had families to support. The majority of them are “older” Americans, who had worked for many years, paying into the system, should they become unemployed, and needed financial assistance. These workers through no fault of their own, found themselves victims of corporate downsizing, and were laid off from their jobs. Given the current economic recession, they have had a particularly difficult time finding employment. Also, many companies are not motivated to hire “older” workers, due in part of the higher cost of health care insurance for older workers. Older workers, just on the basis of their age, would be placed in a “higher risk” group, which would affect the potential employer’s bottom line cost. As we all know, it’s all about profit and “the bottom line”. Since last December, more than 2.6 million workers have been without unemployment benefits. The republican senate has held the extension bill “HOSTAGE”, in the hopes of getting the XL Oil Pipeline passed by the president. This has NEVER been about these unfortunate families, but only about pleasing the lobbyist for whom they truly serve. While the republicans continue playing “party politics”, and using these families for political leverage, and as bargaining chips, these families have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. Most of them have watched their credit being destroyed, because of lack of money to pay their bills on time, or at all. How many more families have to become homeless and destitute before the senate finally PASSES the extension bill? This truly is a national crime against the American family. While the politicians live their affluent and privileged lifestyles, with all the perks of office, these families continue to suffer and struggle to eat and to live

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Those people who think that the unemployed are “lazy”, and prefer collecting unemployment benefits, have no clue of the reality facing these families. Most of these people had long term employment, and had families to support. The majority of them are “older” Americans, who had worked for many years, paying into the system, should they become unemployed, and needed financial assistance. These workers through no fault of their own, found themselves victims of corporate downsizing, and were laid off from their jobs. Given the current economic recession, they have had a particularly difficult time finding employment. Also, many companies are not motivated to hire “older” workers, due in part of the higher cost of health care insurance for older workers. Older workers, just on the basis of their age, would be placed in a “higher risk” group, which would affect the potential employer’s bottom line cost. As we all know, it’s all about profit and “the bottom line”. Since last December, more than 2.6 million workers have been without unemployment benefits. The republican senate has held the extension bill “HOSTAGE”, in the hopes of getting the XL Oil Pipeline passed by the president. This has NEVER been about these unfortunate families, but only about pleasing the lobbyist for whom they truly serve. While the republicans continue playing “party politics”, and using these families for political leverage, and as bargaining chips, these families have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. Most of them have watched their credit being destroyed, because of lack of money to pay their bills on time, or at all. How many more families have to become homeless and destitute before the senate finally PASSES the extension bill? This truly is a national crime against the American family. While the politicians live their affluent and privileged lifestyles, with all the perks of office, these families continue to suffer and struggle to eat and to live,

  • Al Bumen

    At least one Congressman pushes back against Obama’s reckless threats of choosing to default on US government debts: http://youtu.be/_jJ3zL6j9m0?t=26s

    • erick

      Congressman LaRouche???

  • Raj Err

    In related video we find Hussein Obama referring to debt increases as “unpatriotic”: http://youtu.be/DyLmru6no4U?t=5s

  • erick

    Jack Winteregg reveled that John Boehner has erectile dysfunction. Jack Kingston reveled that republicans hate babies.

  • charles1014

    Winteregg needs to run as an independent in hopes of just turning over the applecart with him. It may mean a democrat gets the seat, but if it means getting Boener out of the speakership role, it would be worth it.

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