Boehner Buys Luxury Florida Beachfront Condo

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 01:18 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Embattled House Speaker John Boehner and his wife have purchased an $835,000 luxury beachfront condominium in Marco Island, Fla., but have no plans to move permanently away from Ohio, a spokesman said.

"This area of Florida has been the Boehners' family vacation spot for many years, and rather than continue to put money into vacation rentals year after year, they decided to buy a condo," the Ohio Republican's spokesman, Michael Steel, told USA Today.

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The condo is in The Tampico, a 14-story tower. According to a local real estate agent, the Tampico's condos have three bedrooms and three baths, along with amenities including views of the "sugar-white shores of the Gulf of Mexico, offering spectacular gulf and island views from gracious terraces."

According to real estate records with the Collier County, Fla., clerk's office, Boehner and his wife took out a mortgage of $650,000 to buy the condo.

The condo's purchase is spurring speculation that Boehner, a 12-term congressman, may be preparing to leave the House of Representatives.

He's been losing support from fellow GOP lawmakers for some time, including last week, when just 27 of 232 House Republicans joined Boehner to vote for a bill to extend the nation's debt ceiling. Key conservative groups opposed the measure.

Boehner has also been under fire in recent months over his changing stance on immigration. While he has said it would be difficult to pass an immigration bill because fellow Republicans don't trust President Barack Obama to implement the law, he also earlier this year released a framework for immigration reform that dropped a number of aspects of the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate last year.

And earlier this month, the Senate Conservatives Fund called for Boehner to be ousted, saying it plans to put pressure on GOP lawmakers by keeping track of which ones back their efforts to boot the Ohio Republican.

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