Something to Cry About

National Enquirer on Boehner's alleged affairs

The Valentine’s Day 2011 issue of the National Enquirer features a story alleging that GOP Speaker John Boehner has had adulterous dalliances “with at least two different women” in Washington.

Frankly, the article, which was leaked by the website Boy Culture, seems pretty thin. There’s a rehash of the story broken by Mike Stark, an openly liberal D.C. journalist, after Labor Day alleging that Boehner, 61, had had an ongoing affair with a printing industry lobbyist, Lisbeth Lyons, who appears to be in her late thirties or early forties.

From left: Debbie Boehner, Lisbeth Lyons, Leigh LaMora
From left: Debbie Boehner, Lisbeth Lyons, Leigh LaMora
The second woman mentioned in the Enquirer article is Leigh LaMora, a former press secretary to a Colorado Republican ex-congressman. While Boehner’s alleged dalliance with Lyons was recent, the tabloid says Boehner hooked up with LaMora at a party in 1997, when Boehner was 47 and LaMora was 32.

The speaker and his wife Debbie, a real estate agent in Ohio, have been married for 37 years and have two children. But there may be more here than a politician breaking a pledge to his wife. If the allegations are true, it appears Boehner’s affair smacks of corruption, according to Stark: