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. 
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Dec. 12, 2013, 6:52 a.m.

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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.
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