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November 11, 2010

Fore Sale: Boehner’s Day One

While even the statue was wearing a tie, John Boehner set the early symbolic tone for the new Congress by showing up for his first Capitol Hill press conference as Speaker yesterday not just wearing a sweater, but a country club sweater.

The bold close up by Getty Images’ Mark Wilson in the third frame, however, highlights something more provocative than that. With unrestricted PACs operating like personal slush funds, Boehner’s PAC and campaign committee have taken in over $30 million, spending over $100k in the last eighteen month election cycle just hosting golf shindigs for lobbyists and other big dollar contributors, including $29,000 at the Muirfield club in Ohio.

Whether Boehner is so brazen as to flaunt this practice, or this behavior on Capitol Hill is so unconscious that Big John didn’t think twice about throwing on the sweater, there it is right in our face.

(caption: House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill November 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. Boehner spoke to reporters about the planning for the new Republican majority lead in Congress. November 9, 2010 – Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

  • send in…

    …don’t bother,

  • momly

    I figured he was doing a Christine O’Donnell and trying to say to America, “I’m just like you!”

    If only all of America were wealthy and orange, that is.

  • From Scotland

    John’s sweater is not from a US country club, it is from the original Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland.

  • angellight

    Wake-up Call: The soon to be Speaker, John Boehener, is the same man who recently campaigned for an Ohio Congressional Candidate who dresses up as a Nazi on the weekends! You know the Nazi uniform that stands for separatism, white power, kill off all Jews! This is who the U.S. Speaker of the House Palls around with — God Help This Country!

  • thomas

    Very interesting. This is both Boehner’s and Bush’s week to say “Damn right I did!”

  • gmoke

    The sweater references the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. There is a Muirfield Village golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus in Dublin, OH, a private club. The blue of the sweater sets off his eyes and proclaims Mr Boehner is just like us, a country club Republican, as in the halcyon days of Ike, casual enough to pass out cigarette company contributions on the floor of the Congress.

  • Vvoter

    thomas is on to something. These images help Boehner position himself outside of the GOP’s Tea Party-Palin-O’Donnell-Huckster quasi populist wing. Country club Republicans… weren’t they phased out of control decades ago? 1920s, anyone?

  • Nicholasprim

    wrong muirfield dopey

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