Mr. Ney paints a picture of Boehner as begin in the pocket of fat cat tobacco lobbyists, enjoying the high life on their dime. Boehner is spoken of as someone who wanted to kill programs, any programs, to help the poor, particularly poor children. One effort, to kill Head Start, had Boehner, along with then House Majority Leader Tom Delay, directly threatening Ney in a move backed by the Bush Administration, which unleashed Chief of Staff Andy Card on him. The conversation, as cited by former Congressman Ney went as follows:
NEY: I have always supported Head Start over my entire career. I don’t like this vote, and I just cannot help you.
CARD: Let me make this clear. Boehner said you were a vote ‘for us’ and we are holding you to that.
NEY: I don’t know where Boehner got that from. I can rethink this, but I don’t like it and I’m sure I will not change my mind.
CARD: You are a fucking liar!
NEY: Fuck you Andy, and your idiotic Administration. [Source]