After a fundraiser for a Republican congressional hopeful in Kentucky, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told a local TV station he doesn't think ethics charges against two Democratic members will play a major role in the upcoming midterm elections.
"It's a sad day for the House when members are charged with violating the rules of the House," Boehner said in an interview with WHAS-TV in Louisville. "This is going to play itself out, but I don't expect it's going to have a big impact on the election."
Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) both face the prospect of ethics trails in September, just ahead of November's elections.
Republican candidates, led by the National Republican Congressional Committee, have tried to tie Democrats to the pair by targeting members who have received campaign cash from them.
Boehner was in the state to raise money for Republican Todd Lally, who is running against Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.), one of the Democratic members who has called for Rangel's resignation in light of charges from the House ethics committee.
Boehner did say he's confident the GOP can retake the House this fall and repeated a line he emphasized last month at a Christian Science Monitor lunch, saying he would work "to build more bipartisanship" in Congress were he to become House Speaker.