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Jack Abramoff

In honor of John Boehner's visit to Missouri, we bring you this clip from the C-SPAN archives.  As you'll recall, Boehner defeated Roy Blunt in the 2006 leadership elections after Tom DeLay stepped down.

As printed in the Post-Dispatch on February 3, 2006, "Lawmakers said that [Blunt's] deep ties to the lobbying effort, his status-quo agenda, and his close relationship with ex-House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, helped doom his bid. DeLay was forced to step aside after a Texas grand jury indicted him last year; he also is under scrutiny in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal."

Left unsaid in the press conference are the facts that "Boehner called Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to privately complain about Blunt's tactics" before the vote, the "rumors that Blunt was trading favors such as better committee assignments for votes," and the fact House GOPers picked Boehner over Blunt because they were "fed up with the current direction of the GOP."

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