Boehner primary foe seeks rematch

Boehner primary foe seeks rematch
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Conservative J.D. Winteregg said Monday he'll try again to unseat Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerEthics panel reprimands Freedom Caucus chairman over handling of harassment allegations Pelosi allies rage over tactics of opponents Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time MORE (Ohio) in next spring's GOP primary.

Last year, Boehner crushed Winteregg and two other Tea Party challengers, taking nearly 75 percent of the vote.

Winteregg not only lost the race, he lost his day job as an adjunct professor at a Christian college after running a Web ad blaming Boehner for causing “electile dysfunction.”

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Like last cycle, Boehner would be the heavy favorite if he decides to run for reelection. As the sitting Speaker, he has the ability to raise millions of campaign dollars and uses social media and regular visits home to keep in touch with his Ohio constituents. 

He's also withstood two failed attempts by House conservatives to remove him from power.

But in an email to supporters on Monday, Winteregg said he still thinks Boehner can be beaten.

"We know he can be defeated — we've done the polling, we know how vulnerable he is and we know what we need to do to give a voice back to Ohio's 8th district!" wrote Winteregg, who now works as a teacher and at a local grain elevator in Troy.

"I'm excited about working with you not only to make history, but also to have an active hand in bringing the Republican Party back to its conservative base."

Winteregg raised just $112,000 for the race last cycle, but he was backed by the Tea Party Leadership Fund, an outside conservative PAC which spent more than $350,000 attacking Boehner.

A Boehner campaign spokesman could not be reached for comment.