The Washington Times - October 15, 2013, 08:26AM

Former congressman Joe Scarborough said Tuesday that if Sen. Ted Cruz and top House conservatives wanted to hold a secret meeting, the Tortilla Coast restaurant mere steps from House Office buildings was not the place to do it.

Mr. Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was responding to a Roll Call report that said the Texas Republican, who has been blamed for precipitating the government shutdown through his demands to defund Obamacare, met for two hours with 15 to 20 House Republicans late Monday.


The publication said the group appeared to be strategizing over the best way to respond to an imminent deal from the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, spotted the group and took an interest in what they were doing.

Mr. Scarborough said their restaurant-picking strategy was all wrong, since the House side of the Capitol has two obvious meeting places: Tortilla Coast and “Bullfeathers,” a bar on the same street.