Boehner bash for cash – Speaker squeezes juice from Southwest Florida Republicans

The press was frozen out – literally – of the John Boehner fundraiser Tuesday evening. A handful of print reporters and a Fox-TV camera crew waited outside the Marco Polo restaurant in the frosty air, along with a small gaggle of protesters holding signs, while inside, supporters who paid $250 to rub elbows got to listen to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

For a few dollars more – $1,000 – attendees got to arrive early for the VIP reception, and enjoy facetime with Boehner, or at least get a photo shot of themselves with him. The speaker was apparently spirited in and out of the restaurant via a back entrance, and never put in an appearance out front, or was available to answer any questions.

The line of Cadillacs, BMWs, Lexus, Mercedes, and at least one Bentley motorcar, along with the Marco Polo’s limos, gave the look of an upscale car lot to the scene outside the restaurant. As speaker, Boehner is third in line for the presidency, a fact emphasized by a Marco police cruiser monitoring from down the street, and the presence of men in dark suits with coiled cords snaking out of earpieces into their jackets.

The event’s proceeds will go to benefit the Boehner for Speaker Committee, a joint effort comprised of the speaker’s re-election committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Speaker’s leadership PAC and the Ohio Republican Party. As the leader of the House Republicans, Boehner has been a high-profile figure in opposition to President Obama, and the focus of questions on his ability to hold his troops in line, with the Tea Party wing of the party apparently refusing to go along with agreements Boehner has reached on legislation. Boehner, who is also known for his perpetual deep tan, is a frequent visitor to the Marco area, staying with friends who live locally.

Boehner spoke to over 100 attendees on several subjects including the Canadian pipeline, which President Obama has delayed until after the election, said Phyllis Sinoradzki of the Caxambas Republican Club. Boehner stated he would bring up the topic consistently hoping to get approval before the election. He discussed the two-month payroll tax extension and being pressured to bend and agree to the two-month deal.

The Republican stalwarts who did get to hear the Speaker’s remarks were warm in their praise. Joe Granda, a vice president of the Caxambas Republican Club, which hosted the gathering, said the message was simple.

“We gotta elect Republicans – for president, for the House and Senate, and get this country back on track,” he said.

“He’s doing what’s right for America,” said Bob McEwen of Naples Park. “He has a very difficult job.”

“He’s working against people who want to fundamentally change America,” Lou Terhar said of Boehner.

“He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country,” said Mark David.

Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala said, “Man, he was good. He didn’t talk like the usual politician. He talked to us very down to earth.” Fiala attended the event, she said, as a volunteer for the Caxambas Republicans.

The protesters outside, who identified themselves as members of the Occupy movement, had a different viewpoint.

“John Boehner was caught passing out checks from Big Tobacco to Congressmen on the floor of the House,” said retiree Scott Wilkinson, holding a sign that said “Get your corporate $ out of our democracy,” and standing with his wife Ofelia. “Is he ashamed? He should be. He disgraces our country.”

“We need to get money out of the political process,” said Erika Ferrari of Occupy Naples, who pointed out she is a lawyer, not a student or a hippie. “We’re here to tell him that, even if it is freezing cold.”

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HomeAgain writes:

I wouldn't pay 2 cents to see this guy except to tell him I think he is a louse. He's done nothing but create hurdles and contention in his job. He did nothing to support americans or our ELECTED president. He and others like him ARE the reason we have gotten nowhere in the last 4 years. So now all you conservatives can bash away at my posting, even though I have a right to my opinion. You are that predictable, as is your party.

RayPray writes:

"Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala said, “Man, he was good....."

>>> Wow! Never guessed there could be this carnal side to Kutie Komish
DNA Donna....

>>> Always though this thrice divorced Jaxlab Junketeer was 100% behind family values....

JohninMarco writes:

Can Joe Granda just go away. Last year he was Jose Granda, telling the Eagle that the citizens of Marco do not pay enough in taxes. Then at the Code Board he is Joe Granda patting himself on the back for the code violations he and fellow board members levied, only to find out that the fines go to Collier County. Remember this guy when he runs for council. It was his idea to separate the police and fire from the city budget and give them a special accessment.

ajm3s writes:

in response to JohninMarco:

Can Joe Granda just go away. Last year he was Jose Granda, telling the Eagle that the citizens of Marco do not pay enough in taxes. Then at the Code Board he is Joe Granda patting himself on the back for the code violations he and fellow board members levied, only to find out that the fines go to Collier County. Remember this guy when he runs for council. It was his idea to separate the police and fire from the city budget and give them a special accessment.

He won't go away, but your review is excellent. And like so many appointed officials, they mimic the Councillor who appointed them.

But, please tell me he is NOT considering running for council. We cannot even have our present Councillors (except Mr. Trotter) vote no to deny funding for what ever special interest is presented before council, i.e. fireworks, Arts request for trophy money, etc.

When will elected officials focus on the basic needs of a city rather than dabble in every special interest created through city sponsored committees.

Well folks, if you like Boener then may I suggest you empty your wallets and transfer it to a government sponsored interest that may one day knock on your door to demand you now replace your shell swale with an environmentally selected "organic" replacement.

We need true representatives that are focused on basic city services. As recent as the last council meeting, Mr. Pinter said he was short staffed when responding to a citizen challenge to the use of filter socks in storm drains. Oh yeah, I forgot, it must be the gravel/shell being carried away from swales.

So a city Public Works Director is complaining of lack of manpower for maintenance, yet we need to expand services and funding for the frills and thrills of stuff for the benefit of every resident and visitor.

So let's light up the sky on the 4th of July under the new public/private partnership lexicon!!!! And for the 600+ folks with gravel swales, pay up, the city is coming again. Last time it was to condemn your septic system, tomorrow to condemn the city owned swale in front of your property. Except, this is a revised public/private partnership, in which the public sector demands the private property owner pay for modifying public property. Imagine that!

Talk about getting screwed! America the beautiful has a new meaning on Marco Island, it now means no shell allowed and you will pay for its removal from public lands!!!!!!!

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