Boehner is back in the spotlight on the Foley scandal. Now he is in the swing of attempting self survival:
ABC’s Teddy Davis reports: In a radio interview with 700 WLW radio in Cincinnati, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) placed responsibility for the Foley matter not being handled properly on House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).
“I believe I talked to the Speaker and he told me it had been taken care of,” said Boehner. “And, and, and my position is it’s in his corner, it’s his responsibility. The Clerk of the House who runs the page program, the Page Board—all report to the Speaker. And I believe it had been dealt with.”
This follows an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday where Boehner was being more forth coming with the impact the Foley scandal will have on the GOP this fall:
The House majority leader, John A. Boehner of Ohio, dismissed that possibility. “To vote for this candidate, you have to vote for Mark Foley,” Mr. Boehner said on a conservative radio program hosted by Sean Hannity. “How many people are going to hold their nose to do that?”
That interview was very heated and I wish I had audio of it. Hannity was working his ass off to spin this around and Boehner actually wouldn’t let him.
Of course this in no way let’s Boehner off the hook. He still played around with his story and did not follow up on the incident as he should have. We still need to send Boehner home this fall and there is still time to do that.