Retirement watch: Boehner buys condo in Florida

posted at 6:01 pm on February 19, 2014 by Allahpundit

A tantalizing scoop from Jonathan Strong. There’s no material more crowd-pleasing on a righty blog than a post about a big-name establishment Republican possibly retiring. And in the hierarchy of establishment Republicans whom conservatives would like to see go (and who might actually be considering it), there’s only one name bigger than Boehner’s.

The day McCain announces he’s not running again is going to be a de facto national holiday for tea partiers, isn’t it?

“This area of Florida has been the Boehners’ family vacation spot for many years, and rather than continue to put money into vacation rentals year after year, they decided to buy a condo. Their home is in West Chester, Ohio, and will continue to be,” Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman said…

Boehner shared the happy news he had just closed on a place to colleagues at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s recent winter meeting in Sarasota, prompting gossip among GOP lawmakers about what it might mean for his future.

Buying a new place is a more significant act for the relatively modest Boehner than other top congressional leaders.

More significant, yes, but if he has reason to think he’ll be earning big money soon as a lobbyist, a new condo is no sweat.

Rumors that he’s quitting after this session have been kicking around since last year, and Strong makes a good point in noting that Boehner’s been more aggressive in challenging the right wing of his caucus lately. That’s not how a man who’s worried about winning the next House election for Speaker would normally behave. Two questions, though. First, if he’s planning to head off into the sunset, why did he seem to step away from amnesty lately? Could be that he’s simply biding his time and will return to it soon at an opportune moment, possibly after Obama makes a few concessions on other business that Boehner’s interested in, but the centrists in the caucus are going to need bold leadership to get them to cross the aisle on this so soon before the midterms. Boehner hasn’t seemed bold lately. If he’s keen to pass major legislation before he retires (as has often been said about him vis-a-vis a “grand bargain” on deficit reduction), amnesty’s probably his last shot. No sense wasting time if he’s preparing to step down.

Second, if he is planning to retire, why not announce it soon? There are rumors that Pelosi might retire too given that a few of her chief deputies, Henry Waxman foremost among them, are finally quitting after decades in the House. But Pelosi has an obvious interest in keeping quiet about it: If she quits before the midterms, it’ll be taken as a sign that leadership has given up on retaking the majority in the fall, which will bruise Democratic morale. And Pelosi’s no ordinary leader, either; she was the Speaker who got ObamaCare through the House. If she quits with the GOP poised to make further gains in Congress because of the O-Care implementation debacle, it’ll feel like she’s conceding that her big “achievement” has been a total political loser. None of that is true for Boehner. If anything, him quitting would boost morale among grassroots conservatives, who’d sense an opportunity to steer the caucus further to the right by electing a new slate of tea partiers this fall. And GOP centrists could console themselves with the fact that none of Boehner’s potential successors — Cantor, McCarthy, Ryan — are hardline tea partiers themselves. In fact, the only reason I can think of why Boehner would keep this hush-hush is because it might ignite the conservative base. If he wants to bequeath a centrist-ish GOP caucus to the next Speaker, lying low until the lame-duck session is probably his best move.


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Buh bye!

Bishop!!!!

UltimateBob on February 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Good. Him and Charlie Crist can go to the beach and paint each other orange.

CurtZHP on February 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Just Retire Boehner…and take Cantor with ya

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Happy holiday Bayhner.

jake49 on February 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

AP is just trolling us now.

besser tot als rot on February 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

This is worrisome. Juan Boehener may be preparing to ride his burro into the sunset after stabbing American workers in the back with an amnesty vote.

bluesdoc70 on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

And in the hierarchy of establishment Republicans whom conservatives would like to see go (and who might actually be considering it), there’s only one name bigger than Boehner’s.

The day McCain announces he’s not running again is going to be a de facto national holiday for tea partiers, isn’t it?

I’d prefer McConnell go over either of them. And possibly prefer Cornyn gone too.

besser tot als rot on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Should Read ” Taxpayers and lobbyists buy Boo Hoo Boehner a Condo “

Exninja on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

AP, you had fun writing this, didn’t you.

22044 on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s all over but the Cryin.

ToddPA on February 19, 2014 at 6:09 PM

If anything, him quitting would boost morale among grassroots conservatives

Yep.

shubalstearns on February 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

This is what he really thinks of you, Ohio. He used you to get to Washington for a few decades, now it’s “see ya!”

Mark1971 on February 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

In fact, the only reason I can think of why Boehner would keep this hush-hush is because it might ignite the conservative base. If he wants to bequeath a centrist-ish GOP caucus to the next Speaker, lying low until the lame-duck session is probably his best move.

And that would be vintage Boehner…. Vichy to the last…

Athos on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Boehner’s been more aggressive in challenging the right wing of his caucus lately.

What constitutes the “right wing” of the party? Everyone other than the 28 who voted for the “clean” debt ceiling hike?

besser tot als rot on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

You’re just trying to give us something to live for.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Who would they replace him with? The usual names are about as bad.

shubalstearns on February 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

From your lips to God’s ears.

Free Indeed on February 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Good riddance. Maybe he sees the writing on the wall that even if he wins re election enough Conservatives will also win and doom his chances of being Speaker again.

The downside, of course, is that he will follow the well established path of jilted establishment RINOS and make the rest of his speakership as DAMAGING AS POSSIBLE to conservatives, including passing Amnesty with Democrats.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Allah I am always perplexed as to why you refer Obamacare as an “implementation” problem or debacle? The problem with Obamacare is not in the implementation it is the “law” itself. If the implementation would have been great including a working website, it would have not changed the fact that the premiums are unfordable, deductables are to high,and you can’t keep your doctor. The democrats always spin it as an implemenation problem when the law is completly flawed and unworkable.

WilsonReagan on February 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The words “Speaker Cantor” make me want to throw up.

Mark1971 on February 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Good. He can tan off the orange glow emanating from Charlie.

blammm on February 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Makes me want to cry. Pass the Kleenex and sunscreen.

HellCat on February 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

DLTDHYOTWO, Bo(eh)ner.

Steve Eggleston on February 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Ought to. Never has been a good fit.

Bmore on February 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM

The words “Speaker Cantor” make me want to throw up.

Mark1971 on February 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Cantor and Ryan are just as bad as Weepy Boner.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Allah I am always perplexed as to why you refer Obamacare as an “implementation” problem or debacle? The problem with Obamacare is not in the implementation it is the “law” itself. If the implementation would have been great including a working website, it would have not changed the fact that the premiums are unfordable, deductables are to high,and you can’t keep your doctor. The democrats always spin it as an implemenation problem when the law is completly flawed and unworkable.

WilsonReagan on February 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Democrats NEVER admit policy failure, any more than Obama would own up to stealing his mommy’s panties to wear to school instead of blaming non existent siblings.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Wonder where he got ALL THAT MONEY!

jake-the-goose on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Orange skin dye doesn’t look good with blue hair. Hopefully, Boehner will remember that fact after he’s retired. Choose one Mr. Speaker, but not both.

MTF on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

This is what he really thinks of you, Ohio. He used you to get to Washington for a few decades, now it’s “see ya!”

Mark1971 on February 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

As it should be IMHO. If you ask me, he stayed a decade too long. “Lifetime” seats in Congress need to be done away with.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Get rid of all the RINO’s. Let’s take back the party…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

As it should be IMHO. If you ask me, he stayed a decade too long. “Lifetime” seats in Congress need to be done away with.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

No more than two terms in either House, lifetime. And no more Congressional pensions. Serving in government is SUPPOSED to be a personal sacrifice.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Wonder where he got ALL THAT MONEY!

jake-the-goose on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Good question…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Boehner buys condo in Florida

A tantalizing scoop from Jonathan Strong.

TANtalizing… heh.

Marcola on February 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Boehner will pass Amnesty before he rides into sunset for two reasons:

1. GOP Establishment seriously believe that they cannot send the 2016 nominee into general election battle with immigration reform baggage. Right or wrong they believe this and would like the nominee have this handicap.

2. The Corporate Welfare firms have Boehner’s ear and he will do them one big last favor before he takes up a sweet lobbying gig with one of the Corporate Welfare firms. Then Boehner will be set for life.

Might_Is_Right on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Wish him well. He takes constant abuse.

Lee Jan on February 19, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Wish him well. He takes constant abuse.

Lee Jan on February 19, 2014 at 6:31 PM

He brings it on himself…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Wonder where he got ALL THAT MONEY!

jake-the-goose on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Good question…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

serving drinks?

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

2. The Corporate Welfare firms have Boehner’s ear and he will do them one big last favor before he takes up a sweet lobbying gig with one of the Corporate Welfare firms. Then Boehner will be set for life.

Might_Is_Right on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

This most likely.

Passing amnesty is the END of his Speakership for sure and probably his seat in Congress. Even if conservatives have to pull an ACORN and go vote in his District for his Democrat opponent (and I would be angry enough to ADVOCATE THIS!). There is no question he’s being offered the most GOLDEN of GOLDEN PARACHUTES by the anti-American Corporatists to make this non sacrifice.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

He brings it on himself…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Exactly. It’s not as if he’s innocent and being attacked for no reason.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I have to laugh that Politico’s version of this article claims that Marco Island is a “tony” vacation town in southern Florida. Tony? LOL It ain’t no Martha’s Vineyard. Neither is a $835,000 condo on an east or west coast in Florida…that’s nice but not tony.

debg on February 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

You’re just trying to give us something to live for.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Good one, Cindy.

crankyoldlady on February 19, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Wonder where he got ALL THAT MONEY!

jake-the-goose on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Good question…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Though the area where Mr. Boehner has bought his is for the more affluent, condos on the beach aren’t only for “the rich” anymore.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Whoop-de-doo, another snowbird. He’ll probably be the only ‘pub on the East Coast of Floridgida.

vnvet on February 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

These guys all have vacation homes. He probably has another one somewhere. But it would be nice if he’d step aside and let someone with leadership qualities take over.

crankyoldlady on February 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

It’s all over but the Cryin.

ToddPA on February 19, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Still early.

msupertas on February 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM

It’ll have bunkbeds for Boehner & Charlie Crist to have slumber parties.

portlandon on February 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I won’t cry if he leaves. I also don’t expect his successor to be any better.

“What difference at this point does it make?”

Not much, sadly. Not much.

xNavigator on February 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

i can just see boehner and justice roberts holding hands on a beach in Malta.

renalin on February 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

If you got rich from being in Congress, something is wrong. A lot of the current miscreants are guilty.

22044 on February 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

If you got rich from being in Congress, something is wrong. A lot of the current miscreants are guilty.

22044 on February 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

This is the largest and most unreported scandal in ALL OF GOVERNMENT.

And it’s unreported because Congressmen and Senators selling favors for wealth is BIPARTISAN.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

i can just see boehner and justice roberts holding hands on a beach in Malta.

renalin on February 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I’d prefer them to have to make it a freezing igloo in Siberia.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Oops. Apparently, he meant the Sarasota area. Probably Siesta Key. I put my time in for 30 yrs in the Manatee/Sarasota areas. Left the sandbar within 30 seconds of retirement. The West Coast is an extension of Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, et al. The East Coast belongs to monied Dems from the NE. Florida doesn’t exist south of Gainesville, except around the Lake.

vnvet on February 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Whoop-de-doo, another snowbird. He’ll probably be the only ‘pub on the East Coast of Floridgida.

vnvet on February 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Marco Island is on the SW Coast.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Be it Marco Island, Sarasota or Siesta Key….for the West Coast…they are pretty pricey. I must add that Siesta Key is my absolute favorite beach. Naples and Annabella Island on the West Coast are also favored…

CoffeeLover on February 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

If you got rich from being in Congress, something is wrong. A lot of the current miscreants are guilty.

22044 on February 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

This is the largest and most unreported scandal in ALL OF GOVERNMENT.

And it’s unreported because Congressmen and Senators selling favors for wealth is BIPARTISAN.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Darrell Issa is now the Richest congressman in both House and the Senate. He started to get rich by burning down his business to claim damages from insurance company.

And now he holds monkey court hearings as the most honest, stand up guy.

Might_Is_Right on February 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Be it Marco Island, Sarasota or Siesta Key….for the West Coast…they are pretty pricey. I must add that Siesta Key is my absolute favorite beach. Naples and Annabella Island on the West Coast are also favored…

CoffeeLover on February 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

When it comes to beauty, all the West Coast beaches are heads and shoulders above the East Coast imo. I fell in love with Sanibel Island the moment I laid eyes on it. But I wouldn’t live there because the surrounding area is too over crowded. I prefer the Horse Country area of Ocala, which is just a short drive NE of where I am now.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I’d prefer McConnell go over either of them. And possibly prefer Cornyn gone too.

besser tot als rot on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I’ve been re-mailing Florida retirement real-estate junk mail to them, Boehner, and Miss Lucy for years. Maybe finally it worked.

slickwillie2001 on February 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Will he vote GOP or Dem in Floriduh!?!?!?!?!?

ladyingray on February 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

It’s hard to be excited about John’s potential successors, except maybe Ryan, who would probably be used best on Ways and Means.

SquireB on February 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Will he vote GOP or Dem in Floriduh!?!?!?!?!?

ladyingray on February 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Heh, too bad he didn’t buy in Debbie Downer’s district. He deserves her.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Wonder where he got ALL THAT MONEY!

jake-the-goose on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Good question…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

…time for ‘We the People’ to request an IRS audit!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

We don’t want him down here,

SuperFlyy on February 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

…time for ‘We the People’ to request an IRS audit!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

The IRS getting after Congress would be about the only thing I can think of that would get Congress to actually go after the IRS.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

When it comes to beauty, all the West Coast beaches are heads and shoulders above the East Coast imo. I fell in love with Sanibel Island the moment I laid eyes on it. But I wouldn’t live there because the surrounding area is too over crowded. I prefer the Horse Country area of Ocala, which is just a short drive NE of where I am now.

Flora Duh on February 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Going to Sanibel in a few weeks. Probably my favorite spot in FL.

Norwegian on February 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

It’s good to have this place since they made them close all the carnival sideshows.

Adjoran on February 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

The whole GOP leadership is rotten to the core. Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, McConnell, Cornyn & Co all need to retire.

Norwegian on February 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

If I ever see him in South Florida, I will boo him mercilessly.

stvdog on February 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Orange skin dye doesn’t look good with blue hair. Hopefully, Boehner will remember that fact after he’s retired. Choose one Mr. Speaker, but not both.

MTF on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

If he retires, he can become the mascot for the Denver Broncos or the Syracuse Orange …, if he’s moving to Florida – the Gators.

bw222 on February 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Ok . Who can I pay to keep him outa’ Sarasota County ?

Lucano on February 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Just a little “thank you present” from George Soros?

viking01 on February 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

BUH BYE!!!!!!

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Friggin traitor.

Diluculo on February 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

And who really paid for the condo?

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Doesn’t mean a thing…just a vacation home.

Boehner will be back until he’s too old and probably dies in office

He won’t be speaker forever…but giving up that kind of power is like quitting heroin and he’s not retiring…the majority die in office while a few get kicked out….

Redford on February 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Boehner is a master negotiator, you know. The starting price was 750 grand. He got it for a sweet 835 and an undercoat.

Cliff by the Ford on February 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Will he read the contract, or just sign it?

SouthernGent on February 19, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Darrell Issa is now the Richest congressman in both House and the Senate. He started to get rich by burning down his business to claim damages from insurance company.

And now he holds monkey court hearings as the most honest, stand up guy.

Might_Is_Right on February 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

It’s hilarious when leftards regurgitate the stuff they read in the comment sections of Huffington Post. You are seriously one ignorant piece of crap.

HumpBot Salvation on February 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

And who really paid for the condo?

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

The United States Constitution.

viking01 on February 19, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Boehner will capitulate on amnesty directly after as many establishment candidates as possible survive the primary season.

ThePainfulTruth on February 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Don’t let the DC door hit you on your way out of town.

mmcnamer1 on February 20, 2014 at 5:54 AM

worthless, wet noodle he is.

mmcnamer1 on February 20, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Boehner obviously sees the handwriting on the wall with the American Public. He has lined-up his pay day with the corporatist. As many American Presidents do, they do their earth shattering pardons on the way out the door. It reminds me of when Clinton pardoned Mark Rich under the recommendation of the current AG, Holder, except what Boehner will be releasing will be bigger. Even bigger than what Eric Snowden has done. It will be the equivalent of dropping the Human Nuclear Bomb on American Society. He is the last stop between the Senate and Obama.

As much as I want to see McConnell go, McCain go and others – if Boehner isn’t stopped before he has the chance to pull the vote on Amnesty, it is over. Open season on our borders will begin from all over the world.

If this happens you matters well change your status to illegal immigrant because you will have more rights and the benefits will be better . . . for as long as they last.

Nat George on February 20, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Going down to hang with that other RINO “Charlie Crist” and find out what its feels like being a real Democrat instead of hiding in shadows.

John21 on February 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Na na naaaa na
Na na naaaa na
Hey, hey, hey
Good-Bye

Na na naaaa na
Na na naaaa na
Hey, hey, hey
Good-Bye

————–

Don’t let the door hit ya
where the Good Lord ‘split’ ya!

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Don’t go away mad, you self-serving ‘Washington Establishment’ SOB
Just GO AWAY!

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Maybe he will run for office in Florida
…as a DEMOCRAT?!

easyt65 on February 20, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Nat George on February 20, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Si-i-i-i. Mañana me cambian de color.

Pronto.

avagreen on February 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM