Ex-GOP lawmaker blasts Boehner in book

Almost every political fall has a postscript, so it's no surprise that former congressman Bob Ney has written a memoir. What is a surprise is Ney's unsparing profile of Speaker John Boehner.

In Ney's "Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill," Boehner is portrayed as more concerned about fundraising and fun than governing.

Ney goes on to say that Boehner was lazy, took thousands of dollars in booze, food and golf games from lobbyists, and repeatedly slid around ethics rules: "John got away with more than any other member on the Hill" because he was well-liked and well-protected by his staff.

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Roxanne Roberts is a feature writer for the Style section.
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