Ney, who went to jail for crimes committed as part of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff scandal, has a new book that says Boehner is more interesting in playing gold and drinking than in doing things in government.
Boehner notes Ney’s prison record and calls his claims “baseless and false.”
To be fair, close associates of Boehner tell Capitol Hill Blue the Speaker likes to drink and has been known to drink too much. They also admit Boehner likes golf more than governing.
Ney says Boehner lied to him when he promised to help the disgraced Congressman get a job if he left Congress. Boehner denies the claim, saying “it’s sad” that Ney is telling lies to help sell his book.
Those who know both Boehner and Ney note that both are Ohio Republicans and both have long histories of straying from the truth.
“Ney lies a lot but so does Boehner,” says Ohio political operative George Byerly. “You can’t trust either one of them so it’s hard to tell which one is lying in this case. Maybe both are.”