John Boehner: Conservative Groups Have ‘Lost All Credibility’

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media during at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill April 18, 2013 in Washington DC. Speaker Boehner briefly spoke about the Boston Marathon bombing and current issues before the House of Representatives. 
Getty Images
Matt Berman
See more stories about...
Matt Berman
Dec. 12, 2013, 6:52 a.m.

{{ BIZOBJ (video: 4624) }}

After go­ing after out­side con­ser­vat­ive groups Wed­nes­day, House Speak­er John Boehner is dig­ging in.

At a Thursday morn­ing press con­fer­ence, the speak­er was even more bit­ing over budget dis­agree­ments, say­ing that the groups are “mis­lead­ing their fol­low­ers, they’re push­ing our mem­bers in places where they don’t want to be, and frankly I think they’ve lost all cred­ib­il­ity.”

“It just comes to a point where some people step over the line,” the speak­er said. “When you cri­ti­cize something and you have no idea what you’re cri­ti­ciz­ing, it un­der­mines your cred­ib­il­ity.”

One of those con­ser­vat­ive groups re­spon­ded ques­tion­ing Boehner’s cred­ib­il­ity. “When it comes to ‘cred­ib­il­ity,’ ac­tions speak louder than words.” Freedom­Works Pres­id­ent Matt Kibbe said in a state­ment. “And right now, it looks like the Speak­er is lead­ing the charge for spend­ing in­creases and re­cruit­ing Demo­crat votes in the House to help get it done.” Dan Holler, com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or for Her­it­age Ac­tion, found the speak­er’s com­ments to be “bizarre.” “Every­body in town knew what the deal looked like,” at least in part due to leaks out of the speak­er’s of­fice, he told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “Everything we warned about…is all true.”

On Wed­nes­day, Boehner went after groups like Her­it­age Ac­tion for at­tack­ing the new budget deal as “a step back­ward.” 

“They’re us­ing our mem­bers and they’re us­ing the Amer­ic­an people for their own goals,” he said Wed­nes­day. “This is ri­dicu­lous.”

After tak­ing heat from those groups Wed­nes­day, Boehner clearly isn’t back­ing down. And there’s enough reas­on to think he won’t have to pay too much for it.

Elahe Izadi contributed to this article.
What We're Following See More »
Trump Won’t Debate Sanders After All
11 hours ago

Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

UAW: Time to Unite Behind Hillary
1 days ago

"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.

Trump Clinches Enough Delegates for the Nomination
1 days ago

"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."

Trump/Sanders Debate Before California Primary?
1 days ago
California: It’s Not Over Yet
1 days ago

"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.