As if it weren’t bad enough that House Speaker John Boehner had a possible hand in the firing of his Tea Party challenger J.D. Winteregg from his university job, new revelations just out suggest Boehner may have pressured another company to do the same in 2010.[twitter-follow username=”iResistAll” scheme=”light”]
In that election, Justin Coussoule was the Democratic candidate challenging Boehner for the 8th CD seat in Ohio. Coussoule graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and went on to serve in the Army where he rose to the rank of captain. He was working for Procter & Gamble (P&G) as a purchasing manager when he decided to run against Boehner.
Procter & Gamble is a major employer in Boehner’s district, and its PAC, the P&G Good Government Fund (P&G GGF) and employees regularly contribute to the Speaker. P&G’s PAC contributed $2,250 to Boehner’s reelection campaign in 2014. Boehner also owns stock in the company valued between $15,001 to $50,000.
When Coussoule decided to run, things started to get a little weird.
A reporter for The Daily Caller spoke with Coussoule’s former campaign manager, Alliea Phipps. Phipps told the reporter that the vice president of government relations at Procter & Gamble asked Coussoule “Why would you want to run against John Boehner? He’s been so good for our business.” Phipps added that “a Procter & Gamble official told him that he needed to resign or be terminated, specifically because he was running for Congress in the eighth district.” When given the choice whether to resign or be fired, Coussoule chose to be fired. According to the Daily Caller, Coussoule’s wife also worked for the company, and that she was transferred out of the district just prior to the election.
It would appear that Boehner has in fact been very good for Procter & Gamble’s business. The company keeps a scorecard on how elected officials that they support vote on legislation that P&G believes is vital to their business. Procter & Gamble’s scorecard for Boehner shows that he voted with the company on 13 out of 15 bills that the company supported. A few of those included raising the debt limit by $1 trillion, increasing funding for the FDA so P&G’s products can be approved to market sooner, and various free-trade agreements. Below is a portion of Procter & Gamble’s scorecard for Boehner.
So first we have Boehner’s Tea Party challenger J.D. Winteregg fired from his job over an anti-Boehner campaign ad, and now it comes to light that another candidate was fired for running against him. Looks like Boehner has no qualms using all of his connections to threaten any challengers, and to retain his hold on power.
The Daily Caller article is here.
Note: The Tea Party Leadership Fund (TPFL) has spent $320,000 backing J.D. Winteregg against Boehner. They are looking for volunteers to help man phone banks, and walk precincts. The PAC is offering to put volunteers up in hotels, and is also paying for their meals. If you’d like to help the TPFL in the campaign to replace Boehner, you can send an email to: [email protected].