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Bob Dole criticizes Huelskamp and ‘Republican naysayers’ in statement on Boehner resignation

Bob Dole
Bob Dole

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has taken a pretty clear swipe at U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who occupies the House seat from Kansas Dole once held.

The retired senator issued a press release Friday on the resignation of John Boehner.

“I am disappointed to learn that Speaker John Boehner will be retiring from Congress at the end of October,” the statement says. “John and I became friends shortly after he came to Washington, D.C. in 1991. I found him to be a decent, honest person who took care of his constituents and was critical in passing several important pieces of legislation, many of which were bipartisan.”

Dole never mentions Huelskamp by name, but there is no mistaking who he’s talking about here:

“Since (Boehner’s) election to leadership, he has unfortunately been plagued by a group of Republican naysayers, including one from Kansas. In their refusal to support John, it has been difficult for House Republicans to pass important legislation.

“I doubt this group of obstructionists will be supportive of whomever succeeds John as Speaker, but we can always hope they will become team players.”


Boehner famously removed Huelskamp from the House Ag Committee for Huelskamp’s alleged intransigence.