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Posted at 2:06 PM ET, 02/17/2011

DC Vote activists protest outside Boehner's house

By Ben Pershing


Seeking to make a point about what they see as congressional Republican meddling in District affairs, local activists staged a protest Thursday outside Speaker John Boehner's house. Yes, that's "house" with a lowercase "h."

Members of the group DC Vote have gone to the Ohio Republican's office before to complain about GOP bills. But with the House now considering a spending bill that would cut roughly $80 million in federal payments to the District and prohibit the city from using its own money for abortions or needle-exchange programs, the activist group decided to raise the stakes.

"Speaker Boehner is coming to our home telling us how to spend our money," said DC Vote head Ilir Zherka. "We decided to come to his house to tell him to leave D.C. alone."

They gathered in front of Boehner's Capitol Hill house Thursday morning, ostensibly to deliver a letter urging the speaker to "vote against any bill that would impose Congress' views on the District of Columbia." They also brought a tea bag emblazoned with the slogan, "End Taxation Without Representation."

According to a news release issued by the group, they were kept from approaching Boehner's door by the Capitol Police. (House speakers receive a 24-hour security detail.) Boehner himself eventually emerged from his home but did not address the protesters.

By Ben Pershing  | February 17, 2011; 2:06 PM ET
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Too bad they didn't throw rotten fruit. Maybe he would have cried about it.

Posted by: Nymous | February 17, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Coward. More than willing to dictate local affairs from the halls of Congress but walks sheepishly by the citizens most impacted by his actions. He would NEVER stand for such overstepping of the Federal Government on the people of Ohio. Add hypocrite to that cowardice. Ohh, yes, and cry baby.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 17, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Article I, Section 8, Clause 17
The Congress shall have Power. . . To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States. . . .

* * * * * * *

Clearly these ignorant malcontents have a problem with the US Constitution, not with Speaker Boehner.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | February 17, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Free People have a right to participate in their own governance ("...Just Power derives from the Consent of the Governed...") [ALL the Governed].

The District Clause (quoted by Rhymes with Right) resembles nothing so much as the Declaratory Act of 1766 by the British Parliament, in which they also attempted to arrogate to a national legislature Absolute Power "in all cases whatsoever" over an unrepresented minority of the national population.

That eventually resulted in the American Revolution.

The District Clause, as implemented, flies in the face of one of the Fundamental First Principles of participatory government, Government by Consent of the Governed. And we know that Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

We have corrected deficits in our Constitution that denied participation to blacks, women, and 18-21 year-olds. We have yet to correct the deficiency that denies participation to ordinary Americans who happen to live in DC.

Posted by: citizenw | February 17, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Did the "protesters" take off their SEIU t-shirts for the event?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 17, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Even George HW Bush's wife thinks Boener is an emotional cry-baby. What a leader.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 18, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This guy is dangerous. The bonehead and his goons are actually trying to pull a coup, it's all in here:

"John Boehner increases chance of government shutdown"

Posted by: trailingbegonia | February 18, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Somebody ought to douse him over the head with a bottle of cheap Merlot. Then he'd REALLY have something to cry about, and that something would only be that somebody wasted a good bottle of hooch that he wasn't able to drink.

Better yet, I think they should give him a case of Carlo Rossi and send him to Antarctica.

Posted by: BillfromNY | February 18, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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