John Boehner’s former bartender has been arrested for plotting to poison the drinks of the Speaker of the House.
According to WCPO in Cincinnati:
Michael Robert Hoyt, 44, was indicted Jan. 7 on charges of threatening to murder the congressman in a plot police said included poisoning his drink at a country club.
Hoyt served drinks to Boehner for more than five years at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester and was known as “Bartender Mike” to employees there.
Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers said. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”
Officers said Hoyt told them he regretted not having enough time to put something in Boehner’s drink. It was also discovered Hoyt emailed Boehner’s wife about the plot a day before he called police, Desrosiers said.
As much as people joke about John Boehner’s fondness for alcohol, no one wants to see any harm come to the Speaker Of The House. Hoyt is obviously suffering from severe mental health issues. This story demonstrates that physical threats to our political leaders are very real. Boehner has been a frequent target of threats in Ohio. Speaker Boehner isn’t subject to the number of threats that President Obama receives, but it is still creepy to think that someone in a position to poison or shoot the Speaker of the House could have done so.
The Speaker better be careful where he drinks or start bringing along Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) as his personal taster.