Boehner says Republicans have lost Foley's seat

The GOP named Joe Negron to replace Mark Foley on the ballot, but the act is futile.

By Alex Koppelman

Published October 3, 2006 12:23AM (EDT)

On Monday, Florida Republicans named a candidate to replace Mark Foley, but at the same time, House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, was cutting the new candidate, Florida state Rep. Joe Negron, off at the knees.

Appearing on Sean Hannity's radio show this afternoon, Boehner said: "I think they found a candidate to put on the ballot. 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?"

Hannity then asked Boehner whether the majority leader thought the Republicans had "lost a seat here."

"I do," Boehner replied, according to a transcript posted by ABC, which syndicates Hannity's show.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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