Republican Rep. John Shadegg said Tuesday that House Minority Leader John Boehner made a “stupid claim” when he alleged that Nancy Pelosi’s speech changed any minds on the bailout.
“I do believe that we could have gotten there today had it not been for this partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House,” said Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) after the failed vote on the bailout package. His leadership colleagues endorsed the opinion.
Shadegg said doesn't know of a single GOP vote that shifted because of the speech.
On Monday evening, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a lead opponent of the bailout, told the Crypt that the notion "nonsense" and mocked the possibility that a Republican would be shocked or offended by the partisan nature of Democratic speech.
However, Shadegg was optimistic that Congress would soon pass some version of the bailout.
“The Jewish holiday intervened or we would pass this bill today,” he said.