It's not what you think. Boehner isn't afraid of undue influence by lobbyists. It's something far more puerile:
Some Republican congressmen have been warned to keep their distance from the female lobbyists who prowl Capitol Hill.
Sources say House Minority Leader John Boehner has told GOP congressmen who partied with lobbyists "to knock it off." His spokesperson said, "Boehner has always told all our members that they will be held to the highest ethical standards."
Yeah, ethical. That's not usually a word I associate with Republicans, but it does strike me as typical that Boehner is fearful of these wicked women "prowling" around the halls of Congress, waiting to lead some poor man astray.
Of particular concern apparently is Rep. Lee Terry, a married Republican congressman from Nebraska, who was seen drinking and carousing with a female lobbyist:
Who, particularly is [Boehner] targeting? Maybe Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, whom a Post reporter overheard asking a female lobbyist “Why did you get me so drunk?” at the Capital Hill Club, until he realized the reporter was nearby and changed the subject to her family.
Of course, he's not the only one:
Meanwhile, a Kansas City blog posted photos of Missouri Rep. Sam Graves dining with a blond lobbyist from the Patriot Group at a DC restaurant. His office didn't respond to our repeated requests for comment.
And lobbyist Glenn LeMunyon's DC row house has been a hot spot for lobbyists who want to meet House members, including California's Duncan Hunter, Pennsylvania's Bill Shuster and Terry.
LeMunyon uses the house as an office during the day, a fund-raising space Some nights, and a place for congressmen to mingle after-hours with lobbyists.