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Where Is Former House Speaker John Boehner?

September 21, 2016

(And cue the bile.)

This is where I have trouble with those who have served in congress and then use those connections to take jobs that generate large incomes.

I am the first to respect those who step up to serve as public servants.  I may not agree with their views but honor their attempts to give up privacy and free time to run for office.  On that point I will even grant Donald Trump that honor.

And while I know salaries for the jobs in the public sector are much less than what those individuals could gain in the private sector I am also aware the role of being a public servant is not to become rich.  It is to serve.

So it bothers me that when the powerful leave office too many of them reach for the ways to make money.  Too few of them follow the lead of Jimmy Carter and make a real difference to others in the world.

Today I learned that former House Speaker John A. Boehner is cashing in on K Street almost one year after resigning from Capitol Hill.  The Ohio Republican will join Squire Patton Boggs, a global law firm that traces its roots to one of Washington’s oldest and most prominent lobbying practices. The shop is also the professional home of several former Boehner congressional aides and to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democratic ex-Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana.  Though Boehner’s one-year lobbying ban expires on Oct. 31, the firm stressed that the one-time speaker will not meet the threshold to register as a lobbyist. Instead, he will serve as a strategic adviser and will focus on global business development in the United States and abroad.

And to think I had suggested that Boehner relax and read some good books in his retirement.

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