Some critics have alleged Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) doesn't pay enough attention to the needs of his district, a charge he flatly denies. But come Election Night, Boehner won't be celebrating (or drowning his sorrows) in Southwest Ohio.
Boehner, who will become House Speaker if the GOP gains a majority in the chamber, will be attending a swanky GOP-sponsored event at a hotel in Washington, D.C.
CQ Politics, the blog for Congressional Quarterly, reports that an invitation to the National Republican Congressional Committee's “Election Night Results Watch” indicates Boehner will attend the event at the Grand Hyatt. Also scheduled to attend is Mississppi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Once the blog obtained a copy of the invitation, the NRCC was quick to point out the free event is not a celebration.
"This event is not a fundraiser and it is not a 'party' — even if voters remove Democrats from power, you don't celebrate at a time when one in 10 Americans are out of work and our children's future is threatened by mountains of debt," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said in a statement.
This week's issue of CityBeat, which hits streets Wednesday, features a profile of Boehner's opponent, Democrat Justin Coussoule. He is a graduate of the West Point Military Academy and an attorney.
“Our current representative, John Boehner, is continuing his philosophy of taking this district's votes and citizens for granted and will not even return home for Election Night,” said Brian Powell, Coussoule's press secretary.