Maybe Boehner is spending too much time in DC

MAYBE BOEHNER IS SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME IN DC…. One of the hallmarks of a politician who’s lost touch with his or her constituents is when the politician no longer knows what’s going on back home.

Take House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), for example. Boehner told Fox News over the weekend that the economic stimulus package was “nothing more than spending, spending, and more spending.” In reality, the recovery plan also included a massive tax cut, and spending was the point of the stimulus. More importantly, though, Boehner insisted, “In Ohio, the infrastructure dollars that were sent there months ago — there hasn’t been a contract let, to my knowledge.”

Boehner really ought to keep up on current events in his home state before making a bogus claim like that on national television.

When U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner told a newscaster Sunday that not a single stimulus-funded road contract in his home state of Ohio had been let, he was wrong.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has OK’d 52 stimulus-funded road and bridge projects at a cost of nearly $84 million…. An ODOT spokesman called Boehner’s statement “disappointing.”

And Scott Varner noted that ODOT had just OK’d six more stimulus road projects which will cost about $43 million.

Late yesterday, Boehner issued a statement, complaining that the contracting process has been “absurdly slow moving,” and reiterating that he preferred non-stimulative tax cuts to government spending.

Boehner didn’t (or couldn’t) explain why 52 approved transportation projects in four months represents a “absurdly slow moving” process, or why he made a transparently false claim about economic developments in his own state.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.