Progressives could use some positive political news, and here is the best I've heard in some time: John Boehner's speakership in the U.S. House of Representatives might be short lived.
Boehner has been involved in extramarital affairs with at least two women, according to a new report in the National Enquirer. We don't normally cite supermarket tabloids as primary source material. But the Enquirer was first to write about the John Edwards' infidelity, and the newspaper proved to be right on target. And back in the early '90s, the mainstream press picked up on the Bill Clinton/Gennifer Flowers story after it broke in a tabloid.
In Boehner's case, the Enquirer gets into specifics--and that gives the story a ring of truth:
Capitol Hill insiders and political bloggers have been buzzing about an upcoming New York Times probe--detailing an alleged affair that the 61-year-old married father of two had with pretty Washington lobbyist LISBETH LYONS.
And an ENQUIRER investigation has uncovered a bedroom encounter that Boehner--second in line of succession to the presidency--allegedly had with LEIGH LaMORA, a 46-year-old former press secretary to ex-Colorado Congressman JOEL HEFLEY.
Who is Lisbeth Lyons? Here is her biography from the Printing Industries of America Web site. Here are her duties:
Lisbeth Lyons is the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Printing Industries of America, having joined PIA/GATF in March 2005 as Director of Legislative Affairs. In this position, she is responsible for providing direct advocacy before Congress and the Administration on key industry legislative initiatives, as well as for the strategic direction of the organization’s grassroots and external outreach activities.
You can check out her Facebook page here. Among her likes? John Boehner. That's our girl. Sounds like her advocacy, indeed, has been rather direct with Mr. Speaker.
As for Leigh LaMora, here is some background from her LinkedIn page.
With the somnolent nature of today's mainstream press, there's no telling if this story will gain traction. Mike Stark at StarkReports.com is giving the story serious attention. In fact, Stark contacted Lisbeth Lyons and found her to be not terribly anxious to comment: