House Speaker John Boehner has bought an $835,000 condo in southern Florida, which immediately sparked talk that the West Chester Republican is ready to retire. Not so, said Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman.
The condo is on Marco Island.
In a statement to Politico.com — which broke the story — Steel said “this area of Florida has been the Boehners’ family vacation spot for many years, and rather than continue to put money into vacation rentals year after year, they decided to buy a condo. Their home is in West Chester, Ohio, and will continue to be.”
Privately and publicly, those close to Boehner insist he will run for re-election to his seat and as speaker. He has been raising campaign money and his party is expected to retain control of the House in the November elections.
But … balanced against that is the fact that arch conservatives are upset with Boehner because he is not willing to shut down the federal government in budget disputes with President Barack Obama. And he has sent positive signals about immigration reform, another no-no among conservatives.