Yahoo News asked constituents in John Boehner's 8th district in Ohio to weigh in on the House Speaker's performance during the fiscal cliff negotiations. Here's one voter's perspective.
COMMENTARY | Here in the 8th district of Ohio, we're saddled with John Boehner. Following the 2010 census, and after 20 years in the House and no opposition that couldn't be banished with a fly swatter, Boehner was handed a bonus. The Ohio Appointment Board, made up of four Republicans and one Democrat handily reshaped the eighth district, making the new district overwhelmingly rural.
I'd be hard-pressed to support Boehner after watching him as he voted against the auto industry bailout despite the fact that AK Steel, a major supplier to the auto industry, is located in West Chester, Boehner's hometown. Had Boehner had his way, tens of thousands of Ohio workers, including many at AK and other steel-processing companies in his district, would have been unemployed while the number of job openings continued to shrink.
He also voted against the 2009 Recovery Act. It passed, however, and as a result, thousands of new jobs have been created and the I-75 corridor, part of our nation's interstate system designed to bolster our defense, is being upgraded (accompanied by thousands of orange cones).
Privately, friends tell me that their write-in vote in November's election, in which Boehner ran unopposed, was "anyone but Boehner."
The 112th Congress makes the 80th Do Nothing Congress look like a legislative fireball. Boehner's lack of leadership resulted in a failure to produce useful legislation for us in his district, and the country.
I once felt that when it looked as if we'd go over any cliff, fiscal or otherwise, Speaker Boehner would, in the end, negotiate a compromise. That feeling dissipated in December when he was unable to rein in tea partiers and could not even bring the House to a vote on Plan B, with the resultant New Year's Eve hangover.
Glenna Fisher lives in Middletown, Ohio.
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