Sportswriter Charley Walters at the Pioneer Press reports:
That was U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner golfing Wednesday at Wayzata Country Club. Boehner shot a 4-over-par 76 from the middle tees.
Spring Hill Golf Course, the exclusive club listed on the original invitation that Minnesota Public Radio obtained for the Republican fundraiser, is a longer course, so perhaps the Speaker should be happy that he ended up at a different club after word of coming protests got out.
The protests aced it in the media, acing the longest shot in the course as the lead example illustrating a late Friday afternoon headline in the Hill, Republicans face Tea Party-style protests from liberal, labor groups:
Hundreds of people showed up at the Wayzata Golf Club in Wayzata, Minnesota, Friday to protest a fundraiser for Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), which was attended by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Holding signs that blared “Jobs, not cuts!” and “People before profits”, the protesters, some wearing labor tee shirts, sought to put a hot spotlight on the exclusive event, which charged donors up to $10,000 to play a round of golf with the lawmakers.
Cravaack, who does not play golf, attended the fundraising lunch but stayed off the links.
Dozens of constituents held a rally in Duluth earlier this month to protest Cravaak’s refusal to hold a town-hall meeting in that part of his district, which is a Democratic stronghold.
Photo: Wednesday's protest. Photo by Rafael Morataya. Used with permission.