House Speaker John Boehner attended a Colorado fundraiser Wednesday with roughly 100 attendees, where two people are claiming Boehner referred to GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “jackass,” The Daily Caller reports.
The fundraiser was for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton in Steamboat Springs. Boehner reportedly commented on Cruz’s presidential campaign by saying that it keeps “that jackass” out of Washington, D.C.
Ed MacArthur attended the event. “I don’t think it’s terribly speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” he says.
“It’s becoming very disturbing to me that we can’t have good, polite conversation,” MacArthur stated. “It all has to be at the throat.” MacArthur added, though, “I do believe he’s got the right to say it.”
A second individual confirmed Boehner’s remark. “I about fell on the floor,” this witness tells The Daily Caller. “To build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C., you don’t start it out by calling your colleague a ‘jackass,’” the source said.