Boehner Tells Hannity: GOP Has Lost House Seat in Florida

By Mona Raphael

Oct 2, 2006 5:23pm

ABC’s Teddy Davis reports: In a radio interview with Sean Hannity, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said he thinks the GOP has lost a seat in Florida.

"I think they found a candidate to put on the ballot," Boehner told Hannity. "But in order to vote for this candidate, you have to vote for Mark Foley. How many people are going to hold their nose to do that?"

"So you think you lost a seat here?" Hannity asked.

"I do," said Boehner. 

Boehner’s assessment of the difficulty of the GOP winning Florida’s 16th congressional district given that Foley’s name will remain on the ballot comports with what independent analysts have said. But at a time when the Florida Republican Party is doing its best to rally around state Rep. Joe Negron as its replacement nominee, the Majority Leader’s comment has to be seen in a demoralizing light from a Republican standpoint. Democrats need a net gain of 15 House seats to win majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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