Businessman announces primary challenge to Speaker Boehner


A Hamilton native and West Chester Twp. business man plans to challenge the U.S. Speaker of the House for his congressional seat.

Eric Gurr, 48, said he has filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to campaign against Speaker John Boehner in the Republican primary set for May 6.

“The thing that’s driving this for me is Syria,” said Gurr, a father of three and grandfather of two. “I don’t think he realizes what kind of mess this is.”

The owner of Best & Brightest Inc., a computer consulting firm in West Chester Twp., said he realizes he will be in “an uphill battle” challenging Boehner — who’s been the 8th Congressional District representative since January 1991 and Speaker of the House since January 2011 — but he said, “I can frame this in a reasonable, logical fashion that he has to respond.”

“Times have changed and I think he’s drifted apart from the constituency,” Gurr said. “It’s just time for a change and we need to get our nation focused and on the right path. And that’s not just Syria; that’s our monetary policy, that’s our fiscal policy.”

Calls placed to Boehner’s office for comment were not immediately returned.

For more information on Gurr, visit his campaign website at www.gurrforcongress.com.


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