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BOEHNER:  Now wait just a minute!  What's this Poetter guy doing, holding a campaign rally?  I'm House Speaker and I own my district!  I...
* grabs a Kleenex *  * blows his nose hard *

I love this country!!

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We all know that John Boehner's Congressional District is deep red.

However, that's not stopping Tom Poetter and his campaign from getting started.  

For any of you living in Ohio's 8th Congressional District and want a change from John Boehner, Tom Poetter and his campaign recently Tweeted information of an official kickoff event on November 19th:


FYI, Oxford's Uptown Park is located at the following address:

2 East High Street,
Oxford, OH, 45056

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Although Tom Poetter's name is not familiar to many of us, he is well-known at Miami University of Ohio and among its students:


A Newsweek article published Tuesday said Boehner has won his Ohio House seat with at least 60 percent of the popular vote since 1990. Last year, he ran unopposed. Poetter said there should always be options and debate in a democracy.

“It shouldn’t matter which side you’re on. The election is to choose a candidate to represent citizens in the most powerful body in the world,” Poetter said. “I’m running because someone has to run, and I believe I’m ready for what lies ahead.”
Poetter received a Master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and said he believes his experience at Miami in the educational field has qualified him for the position.

“I’m 50 years old with a wife and family, and I consider myself able-minded, passionate and compassionate,” Poetter said. “I’m not a lifetime politician, but I’m a citizen who wishes to represent citizens.”

In addition, Poetter points out that under John Boehner's leadership, it has affected the OH-08 Congressional District, particularly with regards to education:


Poetter said the foundation of their diverging beliefs rests on the local issues in District 8. Poetter said his opponent and fellow Ohioan John Boehner’s sequester resulted in a shortage of food stamps and other essential services, above all, damages to Ohio’s education system.

“Head Start and No Child Left Behind are very important educational programs and mean a great deal to me because I am in this field,” Poetter said. “[Boehner] has shaved some programs and cut others altogether. Children not having proper services in a rising economy is a sign of the government working to push citizens back. This is not an accomplishment, it’s a disaster. Boehner has seriously hurt these policies with his work on Capitol Hill.”

Poetter also was recently covered in Newsweek.  That's very unusual for a Democratic challenger to John Boehner but given the government shutdown and Boehner's profile, it's evident that news of Poetter running went very quickly beyond Oxford, Ohio:


“We’re running because we really want to make sure that Boehner faces the issues in District Eight and doesn’t just rule on high in Washington,” said Poetter. “People on the ground in District Eight haven’t been represented for a long, long time.”

Boehner is so consumed with his role as speaker, Poetter argues, he isn’t representing the needs of his district. He says that is a failure of leadership. A recent example of his putting his party interests in Washington before his responsibility to his constituents in Ohio was during the government shutdown.

“People around here are worked up about this because this is a homegrown person who did this to us,” he said. “And we’re talking about economic impact in District Eight.”

If you want to get involved in Tom Poetter's campaign and hold Boehner accountable, links below:
Tom Poetter for Congress:  http://www.poetterforcongress.com/

Donate via ActBlue:  https://secure.actblue.com/... or make check out to "Poetter for Congress" and mailing it to Poetter for Congress, C/O Glenn Rymer, Treasurer, 6440 Fairfield Road, Oxford, Ohio 45056.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/...

Twitter:  @Poetter4House

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Originally posted to Knowledge Democrats on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 03:29 PM PST.

Also republished by Central Ohio Kossacks.


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