- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Speaker John Boehner said that he’s got a “few knuckleheads” to deal with, and that’s largely why the Republican majority in the House looks good on paper but doesn’t always pan out with votes.

“On any given day, 16 of my members decide they’re going to go this way, and all of the sudden, I have nothing,” he said, describing the reality of his “paper majority” in the House, The Hill reported. “You might notice I have a few knuckleheads in my conference.”

He made the statement to the International Franchise Association, while warning about the politicization of the National Labor Relations Board, The Hill reported. And it’s not the first time the speaker’s publicly shamed some of his fellow GOPers.

In April, Mr. Boehner mocked some of his Republican colleagues for failing to support immigration reform, describing their attitudes as “Ohhh, don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” he said, The Hill reported.

Mr. Boehner also said Tuesday to the International Franchise Association: “Dealing with Democrats is one thing. Dealing with the knuckleheads is another.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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