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Boehner On Dealing With Conservatives: ‘Garbage Men Get Used to the Smell of Bad Garbage’

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House Speaker John Boehner is under fire from Conservatives. While on a fund raising trip, he told a Politico reporter that dealing with them is part of his job. 

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“Garbage men get used to the smell of bad garbage. Prisoners learn how to become prisoners, all right?” Boehner said in a phone interview this weekend from Seattle during a fundraising trip to the Pacific Northwest, referring especially to the grind of constant travel. “You can teach yourself to do anything, especially if you’re committed to a cause. I came to Washington to fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government.”

Some conservatives have complained that he doles out punishment to conservatives who cross him; Boehner said that’s not his style.

“I don’t believe in rewarding bad behavior,” he said. “That’s a much better way of saying it.”

The rap that his leadership style is autocratic is also off the mark, he said.

“People who think I’m a dictator or acting like a dictator have absolutely no clue what they’re talking about because I never make a decision on my own,” Boehner said.

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