07/21/2010 02:24 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Boehner Denies Telling GOP Congressmen Who Partied With Female Lobbyists To 'Knock It Off'

House Minority Leader John Boehner is denying a report that he warned GOP congressmen to steer clear of female lobbyists on Capitol Hill. The NY Post's Page Six reported on Wednesday morning that Boehner told Congressmen who partied with lobbyists "to knock it off."

"I don't think I have [said that]," Boehner told reporters at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday. "They're commenting on rumor and speculation."

Boehner derided the reporter who asked the question, telling him he prefers to keep private comments private. "It sounds like a rumor to me," Boehner added.

The kerfuffle started when GOP Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, who's locked in a tight race with Democrat Tom White, was reportedly seen having questionable exchanges with a lobbyist at Capitol Hill Club in DC.