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.