Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s got a lot on his plate early this year. The Cincinnati native has a newfound sense of confidence after the Republicans won back the Senate in the 2014 elections, giving him a better bargaining position with President Barack Obama.
Things should be peachy, right? Not quite: apparently, his former bartender wanted to kill him.
On Tuesday, court documents revealed that a Cincinnati area man named Michael Hoyt was indicted on charges of threatening to murder the House Speaker. Hoyt, of Deer Park, OH, would frequently serve Boehner at Wetherington Country Club in suburban West Chester when the politician was in town.
On October 29, 2014, police questioned Hoyt at his home about the alleged threats. Reuters details what happened:
“Hoyt advised that he had been fired from his job at Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, Ohio, and did not have time to put something in John Boehner’s drink,” the affidavit stated.
Hoyt also told the officer he was Jesus Christ and was going to kill Boehner because the speaker was mean to him and was responsible for the Ebola outbreak, court papers said.
The day before, Hoyt had sent Boehner’s wife an email that included the line,
Hoyt had a history of mental illness prior to being indicted.
While it probably wouldn’t have helped Boehner in this case, it’s never a bad time to grok some pointers on how to deal with all types of bartenders. Using the proper etiquette could save your life.