House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation on Friday was reason to celebrate for members of his own caucus who often complained that he let corporate lobbyists exercise undue influence over Congress.
But for lobbyists, Boehner’s announcement was a reason to mourn.
“We are grateful for Speaker Boehner’s leadership in so many areas,” said Chip Bowling, the chief lobbyist for the corn growers industry. “Speaker Boehner’s departure will leave a hole, to be sure,” said John Engler, a lobbyist who represents the chief executive officers of major American corporations.
Other lobbyists used social media to express grief and salute Boehner’s tenure as Speaker of the House: