Report: Boehner backs Kasich ahead of primary

Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 22:36:10-05

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio – John Boehner may be out of office, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of politics.

The former speaker of the house backed Gov. John Kasich in his bid for the presidency during the Butler County GOP Lincoln Day dinner Saturday, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Boehner said he had already voted for Kasich in the Ohio presidential primary, noting that he and Kasich were friends who have known each other for 30 years, according to the report.

Before Boehner left office last fall, he had been “nudging” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run. Bush did run, but dropped out last month.

“Historically, our best candidates have come from the ranks of governors, or former governors,” Politico quoted Boehner as saying at the time.

Boehner also said “I love John Kasich, we play golf together,” Politico reported then.

His backing of Kasich came just days before the Ohio primary, when Republican voters will also be selecting one of 15 candidates seeking the party’s nomination to fill Boehner’s former seat in Congress.

Since resigning from Congress, Boehner has reportedly remained active in politics, helping to fundraise for at least a few candidates. He was a prolific fundraiser during his time in office, raising millions of dollars for his Republican colleagues.