U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan said he feels sorry for former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, the West Chester Republican who minced few words about Jordan and other Republicans in a new Politico Magazine profile.
“It sounds like he’s kind of bitter and kind of angry and I feel bad for anyone who develops that kind of attitude,” Jordan said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News on Monday.
Jordan said he has never said anything negative publicly about Boehner and reacted to the curse words Boehner used about him by saying “I feel sorry for Mr. Boehner.”
The article about Boehner’s 25 years in Congress is very much a birth story of the current discord among Republicans in Washington D.C. He rose to power in the mid-1990s “Contract With America” days of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia. The Politico story, John Boehner Unchained, highlights Boehner’s efforts to keep the party factions together even as conservatives like Jordan argued against compromise on principal.
Jordan, a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is portrayed in the story as one of Boehner’s chief protagonists during Boehner’s efforts to unite a restive house. Boehner called Jordan “a legislative terrorist” and said “F__ Jordan. F__ Chaffetz. They’re both a__,” a reference to former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.
Jordan shurgged off the curse words and said the problem in Congress is members who make promises they do not fulfill.
“My approach then and now as long as I’ve been in public service is real simple: Do what you said you would do,” Jordan said. “That’s what I’m trying to do now. That’s what I’ve tried to do in every legislative body I’ve been a part of.”
In the story Boehner also mentions says he had a conversation with Fox TV personality Sean Hannity after Hannity went over “to the dark side.”
Hannity responded on Sunday by tweeting, “John were you sober when you said this? That conversation never happened. I’m sorry you are bitter and u failed!”
More stories by Lynn Hulsey