By Ben Kamisar
Tea Party rep: Ryan better to conservatives than Boehner was
Conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) on Sunday lauded the new regime of House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanIncomes are rising, but don't trust GOP to make it a trend GOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions 9/11 bill is a global blunder that will weaken US efforts abroad MORE, while questioning former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare MORE's relationship with the Tea Party.
"The relationship with Paul is entirely different than it was with Speaker Boehner," Mulvaney told host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on New York's AM-970.
"I don't think Speaker Boehner ever understood the Tea Party movement, I don't think he really understood what really happened in 2010, and I don't think he understood that there was this whole wave of members in Congress who are very different than they had been in the past."
Mulvaney praised Ryan's leadership as much more open to hearing from the caucus and more approachable.
He said that in comparison, Boehner was a "very top-down type of manager manager" and a "twentieth century manager in a twenty-first century world."
Mulvaney is an influential member of the House Freedom Caucus, the conservative group of members influenced by the Tea Party.
The Freedom Caucus had a tenuous relationship with Boehner, and many point to the protests of those members as an integral reason for the then-Speaker’s resignation.
Mulvaney added that he's excited to see Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) take over as the Democratic Senate leader, panning current Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as "difficult to deal with."
"If there was someone as difficult to deal with from a conservative's perspective as Boehner, it's Reid," he said.
"My understanding is — as different as Mr. Schumer and I might be on the issues, it is possible to work with him."
Mulvaney also weighed into presidential politics, brushing aside the assertion that Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders could have an impact on down-ballot races deciding the control of the Senate or the breakdown in the House.
"It may in a couple of districts that are very close to being with, swing districts," he said.
"I think members of Congress win or lose their election based on what they are doing in their district, so I don't think it is going to have a big effect."