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How John Boehner Used “Catholic Guilt” on Paul Ryan

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/01/15

He spilled the beans to CNN: 

Former House Speaker John Boehner said he convinced his replacement to take over his punishing job by laying “every ounce of Catholic guilt that I could on him.” In an interview on CNN, Boehner said that he told Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan that he had no choice in the matter. “This isn’t about what you want to do,” Boehner recalled telling Ryan. “This is about what God wants you to do.” “Pulled the God card, huh?” replied the interviewer, Dana Bash. “Oh, I pulled it all out,” Boehner said. “Paul was the right guy. At the right time. I know he didn’t want to do it. He kept telling me he didn’t want to do it. But it was obvious to me that he was the right person for the job.” Boehner’s comments come three days after Ryan was elected as the next speaker of the House, and a little over a month after Boehner — who was first elected to Congress in 1991 and served as speaker since 2010 — delivered the startling news of his resignation.

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