Speaking to the Georgia GOP’s Victory Dinner 2008 last night, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) “blamed Democrats for the nation’s financial woes.” Boehner took “particular aim” at Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), going so far as to mock Frank’s slight speech impediment:
Boehner took particular aim at U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who controls a powerful House committee that deals with banking and housing and who has a slight speech impediment. My AJC colleague Jim Tharpe was there to record the action.
“You know where he’s from. He’s from Massachusetts, although he can’t say the word ‘Massachusetts,’” Boehner said.
The Crypt reports that Boehner spokesman Michael Steel downplayed the insult, saying that “Boehner and Frank have known each other a long time, and it was an off-the-cuff joke.” A spokesman for Frank did not return Politico’s call for comment.