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Boehner supporters head to Washington for swearing-in

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Wednesday is a big day for John Boehner, and many local supporters are making the trip to our nation's capital to watch the West Chester Republican be sworn in as Speaker of the House.

The congressman's office says he wants to have family, friends and the other people who have knocked on doors and made phone calls for him over the years there for his big moment. Several of his supporters have high expectations.

"Stop the ridiculous spending. Will help create some more jobs that have been promised but have not materialized," said Tom O'Brien.

Tuesday morning, four charter buses will leave Wetherington Country Club in West Chester.

At Andy's Cafe, the family restaurant where Boehner and his 11 siblings grew up helping their parents, excitement in growing.

"Twenty years ago we'd never thought that he'd be Speaker of the House...that was his goal. He got it," said Boehner's sister, Linda Meineke.

Meineke said she and most of her siblings will be there to see Boehner sworn in. She says the whole family are notorious criers so she's already packed plenty of tissues, along with some other special mementos.

"I'm going to have my mom's diamond earring on and have my dad's wedding band and I'm going to tell my brother they're with us," she said.

Those in D.C. won't be the only one's celebrating Boehner's accomplishment. The Grand Ole Pub in West Chester is rolling out some specials on Wednesday. Televisions will be turned to C-SPAN, and there will be half price Hanky Pankys.

"That is to signify the end of hanky panky in Washington D.C.," said Grand Ole Pub owner Bill Langdon.

Langdon says Boehner was in his restaurant a month ago.

"We are looking for a lot of people to come out and help us celebrate having one of our local people being the third most powerful person in the world living right here in Butler County," said Langdon.

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People plan to travel by bus, plane or in their own cars for the Jan. 5 event in the House chamber. There's also a Washington reception the night before, and party plans are being made for after the ceremony.

Liberty Township trustee David Kern tells the Hamilton JournalNews that he and his wife are excited about celebrating Boehner's accomplishment. Kern calls it a source of great pride for the home district.

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