Minority Leader Boehner: 'I'm the most transparent person in this town'

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) made light of recent Democratic attempts to villainize the would-be Speaker if voters this November elect Republicans to control the Congress.

“You all know me, that I’m such a scary guy,” Boehner joked with reporters on Thursday morning at his weekly press conference.

“Listen, I just say it the way it is. I’m the most transparent person in this town, I’ve got good attributes and some that people don’t like but I say it the way it is, it comes with the territory,” Boehner explained.

Democrats, particularly President Obama, have routinely singled out Boehner’s recent political gaffes as Republicans fight to win majority status.

The most recent incident happened last Sunday when Boehner conceded on national television that he would support an extension of the middle-class tax cuts, a proposal put forward last week by the White House.

Republicans had to do rapid damage control, as their party has long insisted on extending all of the tax cuts implemented under former President George W. Bush, set to expire Jan. 1, 2011.

Boehner also has come out forcefully in favor of extending all tax cuts, including those for individuals making more than $250,000 a year.

He challenged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday to hold an up-or-down vote on extending all tax cuts.

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