WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says former Republican colleague Bob Ney is a disgraced congressman who went to jail and that Ney’s criticisms of Boehner in a new book are “baseless and false.”

Boehner was asked at a news conference Thursday about Ney’s reported accusations in his book that Boehner was more interested in playing golf and drinking than making policy and that in 2006 Boehner had reneged on a promise to get him a job if Ney left Congress. Boehner says Ney is making false statements in order to sell his book. Boehner said, quote, “It’s sad.”

Like Boehner, Ney is an Ohio Republican. Ney spent 11 months in prison for his involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

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