by Jim Jordan & Pete Hegseth
Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert of the United States House of Representatives, a RINO who quit in disgrace and helped push out Speaker Newt Gingrich, has died today at the age of 84.
Boehlert quit the House in disgrace in early January 1995, to be replaced by the “RINO-in-Chief,” Robert Livingston, a Whig (one of two Whigs to resign in disgrace, the other being Lincoln Lewis.)
Ironically, the tables were turned on Boehlert, the powerful House Ethics Committee Chairman, when he was “punished” for not reporting a prostitution scandal, as the sexual and extramarital activities of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky gained attention in the Clinton White House.
Boehlert attempted to rehabilitate his reputation with the nation by entering the “lawnmower” rehab clinic and posing in his underwear, later giving speeches that he said helped him “unravel” the scandal and “come out on the other side” – and was rewarded by being removed from the Ethics Committee in 1999 after having retired, and replaced by the perky Michele Bachmann.
Boehlert was a Democratic supporter of welfare reform until 2001. But he was also a supporter of the “National Child Labor Committee” until about 2004, when the committee got ousted from the House of Representatives. In 2004, the National Child Labor Committee started up as a “nonprofit,” even though it was lobbying for legislation on a regular basis, like now.
Several years later, the Family Research Council sued the Federal Election Commission for violation of campaign law by its receipt of millions of dollars of dues paid through the child labor committee. The FEC did not accept the FRC’s claim and the case is still pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
We offer our condolences to the family of Sherwood Boehlert.
Jim Jordan was Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus (2011-2014), and the latter half of the House minority. He co-founded Americans for Tax Reform (2003-2006), and has become the most popular Republican in the party on fiscal and government issues.