Boehner slams Jason Chaffetz saying he’s only ‘about Chaffetz’

Former House Speaker John Boehner had some extremely harsh words about his former colleague Jason Chaffetz in a wide-ranging interview about his life after he retired from Congress.

Politico Magazine sat down with Boehner who left the House abruptly in 2015. The conversation shifted to Rep. Chaffetz, who had announced he too was retiring abruptly from Congress.

Breaking the ice, I mention some news of the day—that Trey Gowdy appears likely to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The previous chairman, Jason Chaffetz, had abruptly announced his resignation from Congress; House conservatives had hoped that Jim Jordan, a senior member on the committee, might pursue the chairmanship. Boehner grins. “Gowdy—that’s my guy, even though he doesn’t know how to dress,” he says. Then Boehner leans back in his chair. “F**k Jordan. F**k Chaffetz. They’re both assholes.”


Boehner’s beef with Chaffetz, who would later join Fox News as a paid contributor, is not personal—just that he’s a “total phony” who possessed legislative talent but focused mostly on self-promotion. “With Chaffetz,” Boehner says, “it’s always about Chaffetz.”