The West Chester Twp. Republican has been criticized by many in his party, including those who are tea party members, about not standing up for conservative values. This is why a few men in the 8th Congressional District, an area Boehner’s represented since he won in a surprise primary over former Congressman Tom Kindness, are seeking to unseat him. This is also why the Tea Party Leadership Fund announced last week it will seek a primary opponent for Boehner.
Last week, the Butler County Republican Party voted to endorse Boehner in the contested May primary, though only 73.8 percent of the party voted to endorse him. It’s the lowest percentage for the party to endorse Boehner many longtime members could remember, though vote totals for previous years had not been recorded.
The party has supported Boehner since his first re-election bid in 1992. The party supported Kidness in 1990 following the scandal that led to Buz Lukens’ resignation in October of that year. On Thursday, 268 out of 363 votes went to endorse Boehner. However 26.2 percent went to either one of two political opponents