Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
House Speaker John Boehner has a challenger for next year’s GOP primary.
Eric Gurr, a local businessman and political neophyte, said he decided to run against Boehner after the West Chester congressman and House Speaker endorsed a U.S. military strike against Syria.
“It was a tipping point,” the 48-year-old Gurr said in an interview. “I’m not a big fan of getting involved in the internal politics of another country.”
On his website, Gurr states: “I am thoroughly convinced that the best foreign policy is to have no foreign policy at all.”
A Liberty Township resident, Gurr is the CEO of Best & Brightest Inc., a computer consulting firm based in West Chester. The father of three children and two grandchildren, Gurr said he also thinks Boehner has fallen short on other issues, such as immigration reform.
Boehner has said the House would not take up a Senate-passed comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, opting for a more incremental approach. Gurr said he is staunchly opposed to the Senate proposal.
“They keep saying the immigration system is broken,” Gurr said. “That’s absolute nonsense.”
Gurr said his interest in politics was spurred by a longtime love of history books. He concedes he will have a hard time challenging Boehner, who as House Speaker wields immense power and raises millions of dollars. Boehner has consistently cruised to re-election in the 8th district.
Boehner’s campaign spokesman, Cory Fritz, declined to comment on Gurr’s announcement.