Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Boehner Doesn't Have To Worry About A Democratic Challenger Thanks To Steve Israel, But His Right Flank Doesn't Look Safe


Last week we looked at the persistent Beltway rumors that Boehner has had enough and wants to retire and spend the rest of his life drinking and golfing. If right wing groups have their way, he won't get the chance. They want to defeat him at the polls in 2014. Grassroots Democrats in western Ohio have tried to do that as well, but the DCCC has savagely undercut them and protected Boehner's left flank. Steve Israel got his way again this cycle-- so far-- and there is no Democrat running against Boehner. The Tea Party doesn't take its walking orders from Steve Israel. They want Boehner's head.
A poll conducted by the conservative publication Human Events and Gravis Marketing, indicates that Speaker of the House John Boehner is facing opposition from constituents in his home district.

Gravis says they contacted more than 1,120 registered republican voters living in Boehner's Ohio district and found that about half of the respondents said they would welcome a challenger to the Speaker in the 2014 congressional race.

Also among the polls findings-- 54 percent opposed U.S. military involvement in the Syrian conflict. 29 percent were undecided and 17 percent were in favor.

Doug Kaplan, CEO at Gravis Marketing says the survey indicates a significant problem for Speaker Boehner.

Kaplan says, "this is a big thing for Boehner because he’s going against eighty percent of his voters," adding that, "People do not want him to vote for this particular military action. People are very concerned and skeptical about it.”

Speaker Boehner has voiced support for limited military action against Syria.

  The Gravis Poll also suggests about 65 percent of those polled want the Speaker to take steps to defund the President’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare, and about 45 percent overall think Boehner isn’t effective in advancing conservative issues. 22 percent polled disagreed.

Gravis says they contacted twice the number registered voters than are normally polled and say the poll has a + or – 2% margin of error.

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