AP: Boehner’s Unemployed Brother OK With Stance on Jobless Benefits

Posted July 24, 2010 at 9:43am

The unemployed brother of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Associated Press this week he isn’t bitter that his brother voted against a measure to extend benefits to unemployed workers.

Bob Boehner, 61, said he’s pleased that his brother voted against a federal program that isn’t fully paid for, even though the move could have hurt him personally. Bob Boehner had lost his job with the town of Reading, Ohio, in February, the AP said.

The House voted to extend jobless benefits this week despite almost unanimous opposition from Republicans. After the vote, Congressman Boehner conceded to reporters that some of his brothers in Ohio had been unemployed and that he was uncertain of their job status.

Boehner’s sister, Lynda Meineke, told the AP Friday that two of the Congressman’s brothers and two of his brothers-in-law are out of work.