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The Suburbanite
  • Obama may be trying to find a job for Boccieri

  • Congressman John Boccieri whose term ends in a few weeks has been considered for a position in the Obama administration, a political news site said.

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  • Like many of his constituents, U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, D-Alliance, soon will be unemployed when his term ends Jan. 3.
    But he may not be out of work for long.
    Soon after voters rebuffed Boccieri’s bid for a second term in Novem-ber, President Barack Obama directed his top aides to think about jobs in his administration they could offer to Boccieri, U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Cincinnati and other Demo-cratic congressmen close to the president who lost their seats Nov. 2, Politico.com reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials. The White House also has talked about hiring Gov. Ted Strickland.
    Obama called those congressmen “to console them and to thank them for their loyalty but made no specific commitments,” Politico said.
    In March, Obama lobbied Boccieri to provide a crucial vote for the health care bill, which passed in the U.S. House by a narrow margin. After Boccieri announced his support for the bill, the president publicly praised him for taking a position that might not be popular in his conservative-leaning district.
    Boccieri said this week that no one has offered him a job. He stressed that the White House never offered him anything in return for his vote on the health care bill or any other bill. He said his votes always have been based on the legislation’s merits.
    On Wednesday, he said that he had not sent the White House a résumé, and that he had not discussed any positions with the president or Nancy Hogan, the White House’s personnel director. When asked if he had talked about a job with anyone else in the administration, he said he had spoken with several people in the White House, but he didn’t say if a job was discussed.
    “Even if a job was offered and one has not been, I don’t know if I would take it,” he said. “I’ve been in politics 12 years, and it has to fit with the family.”
    Boccieri confirmed that Obama called him after the election and said, “’I’m sorry you weren’t successful, and it was a tough election for Democrats in Ohio.’ He thought I had taken some principled stands on positions.” They both agreed that Boccieri’s loss mainly was due to the slumping economy.
    The former state legislator said he has not ruled out running again for elected office and that he would continue his Air Force Reserve service.
    “My next job is going to be changing diapers for my 6-week-old (daughter),” said Boccieri, who has five children.
    A White House spokesman could not be reached.
    After Janet Weir Creighton, a Republican, failed to win re-election as Canton’s mayor in 2007, she worked as a director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House for then-President George W. Bush.