January 8, 2015
Freshly re-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said something Thursday that is likely to elicit a strong negative reaction from conservatives who were demanding he be replaced by someone else this Congress.
Boehner lamented that some colleagues and many constituents have described him as being “squish,” “spineless” and “establishment.”
“During my years here when I voted, I had the eighth most conservative voting record in the Congress,” he said during a Thursday press conference. “And it does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish.”
Boehner proceeded to make a rather bold claim.
“And I tell you what pains me the most is when they describe me as the establishment. Now, I’m the most anti-establishment speaker we’ve ever had,” he said.
He went on to list attributes he believes make him the most anti-establishment Republican speaker ever:
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