From The Washington Post:
As his troops forsake their August recess this week to raise Cain over gas prices, their No. 1 campaign issue, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has been home tending to his golf game and his fundraising.
Every day this week, rank-and-file Republicans have staged “shadow session” protests on the House floor over the Democrats’ decision to adjourn Congress on Aug. 1 for a five-week recess without passing energy legislation. Officially, according to his office, Boehner is back in Ohio raising money for his political action committee, the Freedom Project.
But Boehner also found time to squeeze in a couple of rounds of golf. Boehner, a 7.6 handicap, reported to a U.S. Golf Association Web site that he shot an 85 at his home course, Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. It is unclear based on the site exactly when the round was played. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said he was confident that the congressman played “over the weekend” — and not during the energy protests on the House floor.
Boehner was also spotted Tuesday at the lovely Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio […].
When does Boohoo introduce legislation that will make Tuesday part of the weekend?
Boehner was there for an annual Freedom Project fundraiser and golf tournament. “Canceling it would have cost tens of thousands of dollars for Republican candidates across the country,” Steel told washingtonpost.com’s Ben Pershing, who first reported Boehner’s golf activities on the Capitol Briefing blog.
He’s expected back in the Capitol tomorrow for what may be the final day of the House floor protests by the Republicans.
From All Headline News:
Boehner issued a memo along with Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Sunday asking his Republican colleagues to “make a stand” and join the floor protest until their request for an emergency session to hold a vote on offshore drilling is followed.
“It’s not a request we make lightly. But the American people are suffering… We must continue to make a stand until the Speaker complies,” Boehner wrote.
Nero fiddled, Boohoo tees up.
Boehner had asked Pelosi in a letter on Friday to call for a special session, saying, “You have the power to call Congress back into session at any moment to deal with issues of urgent national importance.”
Republicans want to end to the moratorium on exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf and Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Democrats argue that oil companies should first drill on the 68 million acres of land already leased to them, and that excessive speculation in oil markets is the root cause of rising oil prices.
Offshore drilling is banned by a legislative moratorium adopted in 1981 and an executive order issued by former President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The executive order was lifted early last month by President George W. Bush.
The highest Republican to attend the protest is House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-FL), who attended Wednesday’s talkathon. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was also present that day and said in a press conference, “There will come a vote in early September when there will be an up-or-down vote in the House… and at that point there will be a majority in the House in favor of drilling.”
Kids, Adam Putnam, you will remember, is that little putz who, heaven help us, will be replaced by our new friend and excellent candidate, Doug Tudor.