Ted Cruz Says He Doesn’t Really Know John Boehner. Fact Check.

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Followed by members of the media, U.S Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the Capitol after he spoke on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours September 25, 2013.
National Journal
Brian Resnick
Jan. 30, 2014, 7:18 a.m.

In an in­ter­view with Bloomberg TV, Ted Cruz was asked wheth­er he would sup­port John Boehner con­tinu­ing in his job as speak­er of the House.

“Oh, look, to be hon­est I don’t really know John Boehner. He has his job. I have mine,” the Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­or said. He then turned the con­ver­sa­tion to­ward how proud he was of the House con­ser­vat­ives who stood up to Obama­care.

A fine, pre­dict­able re­sponse on the sur­face, but there’s something off.

Cruz cer­tainly knows Boehner. Cruz was Boehner’s law­yer in the 1990s. Boehner, when asked a sim­il­ar ques­tion about Cruz on The To­night Show just last week, said, “Ted Cruz used to be my at­tor­ney a long time ago. A good guy. I don’t al­ways agree with him, but he’s a good guy.”

As The Wash­ing­ton Post‘s Sean Sul­li­van re­por­ted just a few days ago, Cruz briefly rep­res­en­ted Boehner in the late ‘90s, when Boehner sued a Demo­crat­ic law­maker for al­leged wiretap­ping. Sul­li­van re­ports, “When Boehner used the case to help his cam­paign raise money, Cruz de­fen­ded him pub­licly, emer­ging in the me­dia years be­fore he would re­turn as a con­ser­vat­ive hero.”

Cruz worked on the case for a year or less. And, sure, what is it to truly “know someone,” es­pe­cially in “this town?” Cruz, however, does in­deed know Boehner. Or at least his leg­al his­tory. 

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