Ad of the day: Welcome to 'Boehner Land'
The Democratic National Committee, in a new ad, claims to open wide the gates of fictional "Boehner Land," named after House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), who stands a very good chance of becoming House Speaker if all goes well for the Republicans in November.
The ad claims that "this November, John Boehner wants to welcome you to Boehner Land," which the ad portrays with iron, country-club style gates -- a not-so-subtle dig at Boehner's golf outings, which has been the subject of other ads.
The DNC goes on to claim that entry into "Boehner Land" comes with a price tag of $37,800 -- the maximum amount Boehner's PAC requests from donors. It's worth noting that documentation retrieved by Politico shows that those giving less than that could still receive other perks from the Boehner for Speaker campaign.
The ad goes on to claim that Boehner jets "across the country with lobbyists." This is true, but according to the New York Times report cited in the ad, Boehner reimbursed part of the costs, as required. Another claim in the ad -- that Boehner handed out checks from tobacco lobbyists on the House floor -- is also true. And Mark Isakowitz was quoted as saying that Boehner has "a lot of relationships in this city."
The ad marks the beginning of a push to keep the prospect of Boehner as speaker in the public eye days after the Ohio Republican said that a GOP takeover of Congress was "possible" and that he would concede to a compromise over the Bush tax cuts.
| September 14, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
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