The man was a left-wing blogger and provocateur named Mike Stark, who has made a career of trying to publicize sensational charges against Republican politicians. A few hours after his encounter with Boehner, Stark posted video of the moment on the left-wing Daily Kos website as well as his own website, StarkReports.com. “While everyone knows that John Boehner enjoys the good life of luxury travel and golf junkets, many are convinced that [he] enjoys a mistress, too,” Stark wrote. “I began hearing this from several sources last month with increasing amounts of detail, including the name of the lobbyists [sic] Boehner is supposedly having a relationship with — Lisbeth Lyons, Vice President for Government Affairs for the American Printers Association.”…

The incident in Sterling was reminiscent of another Stark operation in 2006 that targeted George Allen, the Republican senator from Virginia who was running for re-election against Democrat James Webb. At the time, Stark wrote on his then-website, callingallwingnuts.com, that he wanted to put his “guerilla tactics to use where it matters: winning elections.” The candidate he wanted to beat was Allen.