Boehner Struggles To Answer Whether Republican Congressman Guilty Of Influence Peddling Should Be Out Of Congress
What does it take to lose one's seat in Congress?
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) struggled with that question while speaking with Chris Wallace on the Sept. 17 edition of Fox News Sunday.
Wallace asked twice. Boehner failed to answer the first time, then gave a lame answer when pressed:
WALLACE: (T)his week Congressman Bob Ney, one of your Republican colleagues in the House, agreed to plead guilty to influence-peddling. Now, he has stepped down as chairman; he's still a member of Congress. This is a man who is basically admitting that he sold his vote. Should he spend another day in the House?
BOEHNER: Bob Ney clearly admitted to making some big mistakes. And he's going to pay dearly for the mistakes that he's admitted to. But he's also checked himself in for alcohol abuse. And right now my prayers are with him and his family. It's a sad day for the Congress and a sad day for Bob Ney.
WALLACE: Should he resign from the House?
BOEHNER: That's a decision that he and his family are going to have to make.
As the Center for American Progress noted: "Boehner has reportedly been more candid with Ney in private, but Ney “hasn’t taken the hint.”
It'd be refreshing if Boehner were as candid with the American people. I'm guessing that if Ney were a Democrat, Boehner would not hesitate to publicly demand an immediate resignation.