House Speaker John Boehner said that tea party groups are making lots of money by attacking his leadership and questioning his conservative credentials.
In an exclusive joint interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to air on CBS’s ‘60 Minutes’ Sunday, Boehner, R-Ohio, defends his record and takes a swipe at unnamed organizations that have been critical of him.
Several tea party organizations and tea party-supported Republican members of the House of Representatives have accused Boehner of being too willing to negotiate with congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama and unwilling to stand up for conservative principles.
‘The issue with the tea party isn’t one of…strategy. It’s not one of a different vision,’ Boehner said in excerpts provided by ’60 Minutes. ‘It’s a disagreement over tactics, from time to time. Frankly, a lot is being driven by national groups here in Washington who have raised money and just beating the dickens out of me.’
Boehner added: ‘They raise money, put it in their pocket, and pay themselves big salaries.’