House Minority Leader John Boehner isn’t well-liked by most Americans. A nationwide poll this spring found the droopy-eyed Republican from West Chester had a staggering 64 percent unfavorable rating.
Maybe it’s because of his tendency to have a cynical sneer and deadpan delivery that screams, “Even I don’t really believe what I’m saying.” But only the residents of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District — comprised of six predominantly Republican counties in Southwest Ohio, including Butler — get to vote on Boehner, and they’ve elected him to nine terms so far.
That’s where Justin Coussoule enters the picture. At age 35, the political newcomer is the Democratic Party’s latest shot at capturing the seat.
An attorney and former Army captain from Liberty Township who works at Procter & Gamble, Coussoule says he entered the race because the economic policies pushed for by Boehner during the past 18 years have caused job losses, declining property values and rising poverty rates in the district. If elected, Coussoule will focus on job creation efforts. He wants more federal investment in clean energy research and infrastructure projects and supports a tax cut on middle-class Americans.
If that’s not good enough for you, here’s another reason to vote for him: He’s not orange.