John Boehner's Private Rolodex

His staff calls it the "golden Rolo" because it contains the names of the next Speaker's closest confidants.

When John Boehner of Ohio becomes the next Speaker of the House, he’ll have a large staff to call upon for help. But he also has a private Rolodex of trusted friends and confidants outside of Congress that he’ll lean on for unfettered advice. They know they can talk frankly to the speaker without worrying about their words being attributed to them publicly. And they're glad to be Boehner’s friend.

The new speaker has assembled their names in a special Rolodex, which he keeps on his side desk on a gold-colored circle of marble, separate from other Rolodexes. It’s already well used and will only grow in importance as Boehner leads a Republican House determined to cut taxes and spending, fight the health care law and block President Obama and a Democratic Senate from pursuing most of their agenda.

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Richard Sammon
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter