Boehner turned down a trip on Air Force One to attend the memorial in Tucson

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    POLITICO Forums:Congress: Boehner turns down Air Force One ride to Tucson - POLITICO.com


    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) turned down an offer by President Barack Obama to travel on Air Force One to Arizona for a memorial service on behalf of the victims of Saturday’s shooting, a decision that has upset some Democrats.

    Boehner is instead scheduled to attend a reception on Wednesday night on behalf of Maria Cino, a former top House GOP aide who is seeking the Republican National Committee chairmanship. Boehner is backing Cino’s challenge to current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

    Boehner’s reception for Cino was first reported on Wednesday morning by POLITICO.

    Senior Democrats - who to date had been impressed with Boehner’s response to the Arizona tragedy - expressed surprise at what they saw as an unmistakable misstep by the new speaker: appearing at a partisan political event on the same night as the the president, first lady Michelle Obama, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Arizona congressional delegation come together at the memorial service for the victims of an attack that nearly took the life of a member of the House. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was critically wounded in Saturday’s attack, while six other people died and a dozen more were wounded.

    “It is disrespectful for Speaker Boehner to skip joining the President’s and bipartisan congressional delegation to the Tucson Memorial so he could host a Washington D.C. cocktail party for RNC members,” said a Democratic leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
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    ....And, so goes the adventures of Boehner's Boners.

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    So what? Harry Reid didn't go either. Why is John Boehner obligated to go? He doesn't represent Arizona and Gabrielle Giffords is not dead. Boehner already said his piece on the House floor and he was well received by everyone in the House on both sides of the aisle. Other than the president and Congressmen who represent parts of Arizona, showing up at this memorial is nothing more than a photo op. This was for the people who died. It's not a political rally.
     
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    Good for the speaker. Glad he gets it. Oh? And I like how the MEDIA has been touting this as a 'Bipartisan' trip.

    That word drives me NUTS. It's old, antiquated, and just idiotic.
     
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    Consistent, much???

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    Yeah......gettin' sloshed is much-more critical than demonstrating any respectful-behavior, in any way.

    Issue 1: He's badly-in-need of a booze-"fix", on a regular-basis???

    Issue 2: Why are "conservatives" in such-a-big-hurry to put this incident behind themselves???

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    Did your mommy run outta colouring books for you? How did you ever grab her computer from her?
     
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    Kinda a sophomoric-dodge, on your part, wouldn't you say?

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    Not a DODGE...TRUTH.
     

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