House Speaker John Boehner reportedly surprised listeners at a Colorado fundraiser on Aug. 26 by referring to presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas as a “jackass.”
According to two witnesses who spoke to The Daily Caller after the event, Boehner was venting about Cruz interfering with Boehner’s job as leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives. Reportedly, Boehner said he was happy about Cruz campaigning for the presidency because it keeps the “jackass” out of the nation’s capital, The Daily Caller wrote.
One of the attendees disagreed with Boehner’s comments and invoked another prominent politician to prove his point.
“I don’t think it’s terribly speakerlike, and I think it kind of goes against everything that (former President Ronald) Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” Ed MacArthur, president of Native Excavating and a fundraiser attendee, said of Boehner’s comment.
“It’s becoming very disturbing to me that we can’t have good, polite conversation,” MacArthur added. “It all has to be at the throat.”
“I do believe he’s got the right to say it,” he said.
Another member in attendance, who wished to remain anonymous, was also surprised by Boehner’s comment.
“I about fell on the floor,” the woman said. "To build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C., you don’t start it out by calling your colleague a jackass,” she said.
The fundraiser was for Republican Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado and was held in Steamboat Springs, a small town west of Boulder, Colorado.
The relationship between Cruz and Boehner is known to be rocky and tempestuous at times. Cruz, who is more representative of the tea party portion of the Republican electorate, has often clashed with Boehner’s more establishment views and policies.
Cruz may be able to benefit from this latest headline by raising additional dollars for his campaign or increasing his support among the electorate.