Boehner Bats Down DeLay’s Criticism

Posted March 14, 2010 at 9:31am

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday downplayed recent criticism of the GOP’s 2010 political strategy and asserted that Republicans “have a chance” of winning the House in November’s midterm elections.

“It’s a steep climb, but it’s doable,” Boehner said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

In response to recent critiques by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Boehner acknowledged that Democrats have assembled a formidable grass-roots infrastructure “that pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into the political process outside of campaign finance rules.”

In a taped interview aired on Sunday, DeLay said Democrats “have one of the most powerful political coalitions I’ve ever seen.”

“I’d like to see more organization, more coordination, more communications on the outside in support of what the Republicans are doing,” DeLay said. “We have no organization, nothing near what Democrats have built over the past 10 years.”

But Boehner said the National Republican Congressional Committee’s 2010 recruiting class speaks for itself.

“We have more candidates than we’ve ever had. We’ve got better candidates than we’ve ever had. We have a better process to help grow candidates and campaigns than we’ve ever had,” Boehner said.