Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) weighed in on whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) really did call him an "a**hole" back in July, arguing that Boehner's decision not to address the issue says something.
In an interview with CQ Roll Call published late Friday, King said he did not doubt Boehner called him that because “the speaker didn’t deny it."
“We have not had that discussion," King told Roll Call. "I don’t expect we will. That’s decorum on the floor of the House that shouldn’t have happened.”
As of Friday, a Boehner spokesperson declined to comment to CQ Roll Call.
King's remarks come two weeks after Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) claimed in a Texas Monthly piece that he overheard Boehner deliver the comment. The word was supposedly directed at King for his comparison of undocumented immigrants to drug mules with "calves the size of cantaloupes."
"Another Texas Democrat and I were standing a few feet away, and as the speaker passed us we thanked him for denouncing King's offensive comments," Castro told Texas Monthly. "He slowed his stride and then paused to turn toward us. 'What an a**hole,' he said. My thoughts exactly, Mr. Speaker."