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Remember the videos under the fold?  I posted them last September on the day that Boehner made his "Pledge to America"  (ah...  the irony...)

Anyway, the aftermath saw Page 6 of the New York Post claiming that the NYTimes was working on a story.  That story never ran, but evidently Boehner hasn't been successful in making the story go away.  I was recently contacted by a reporter from the National Enquirer, and now I have confirmation that their story will hit the newsstands on Thursday.

I wonder how well Boehner's zero-tolerance pledge regarding corruption will hold up when it comes out that several hundred paper-making jobs were lost in his district and he refused to do anything about it at the same time he was sleeping with a lobbyist for the printing industry that was very happy to get their cheap paper from China.

Gotta give it to Lyons though!  She's one hell of a lobbyist!

Also, funny.  Rep. Jo Bonner, just yesterday, trashed the National Enquirer when asked about the ethics process.  I don't believe in accidents.

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) told a reporter for a newspaper in his home state that political realities kept House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) from shutting down the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, which he said would begin an investigation "out of the National Enquirer."

Also...  Recall that Boehner forced Mark Souder's resignation after his affair was exposed.  If there's a difference in the two situations, it's only that Boehner was schlupping a lobbyist who wanted something from him (and got it).

Finally there's this, from the Nat. Enq. editor that brokew the John Edwards story:

It took two years, thousands of man hours and a cross-country chase to catch John Edwards cheating.

That was the easy part.

Even after gathering and publishing overwhelming proof that the man who wanted to restore America to the moral high ground as president had fathered a love child while his wife battled terminal cancer, the more difficult task proved to be getting anyone to believe it.

As Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer I devoted unprecedented resources to the Edwards story while supervising a large team of reporters and editors whose ultimate goal was simply to sell newspapers while exposing a hypocrite (not win a Pulitzer, although, hey, that would have been fun, if only to observe the whoopee-cushion effect it would have had on so many journalists).

Originally posted to Mike Stark on Tue Feb 01, 2011 at 04:59 PM PST.

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