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Keep the Faith, Baby

A reporter asked the Majority Leader at his off-camera weekly briefing: “Can you tell us how you think Mr. Ney is doing in his campaign and how you think he will do in the general election in November?”

“I don’t know,” Boehner replied.

“You are a fellow Ohioan. Do you have any sense?” the reporter implored.

“I don’t know,” Boehner said, ending the exchange.

At least it wasn’t as bad as what another fellow Ohioan, Rep. Deborah Pryce (R), who also faces a potentially tough re-election, said recently about Ney.

Seeking to distance herself from her scandal, Pryce told The Associated Press, “I’m not Jack Abramoff. I don’t know Jack Abramoff. I’m not Bob Ney. I’m not Tom DeLay.”

Bet things aren’t real cozy right now between Pryce and Ney, what do y’all think?

Making a Splash. Those who know dog language will want to tune in Friday to ABC’s “Good Morning America” interview of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and his dog Splash, “author” of the children’s book “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D.C.”

Later in the morning Friday, Splash and his Senator are scheduled to join Uncle Teddy’s niece, one-time first daughter Caroline Kennedy, for a reading of the book to elementary students in Manhattan.

Splash’s big in-studio debut interview on national television comes as his mentor and master is on a whirlwind book tour for his own political memoir, “America Back on Track.”

Kennedy has been winding across the nation’s big cities and touched down just north of Chinatown Monday evening, on the rooftop terrace of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building on Seventh Street Northwest.

A few hundred of the Senator’s closest friends, colleagues, media types, lobbyists, staffers and former staffers were on hand, forming a long line to get books signed. So many folks showed up that they ran out of books by 7:30 p.m. His colleagues on hand included Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who introduced Kennedy, and Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), as well as Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.). The event was hosted by IBEW, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights chief Wade Henderson and Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.

No, Splash wasn’t on hand for the Monday book party. And sources couldn’t confirm whether he was home prepping for the big interview with GMA. But Stephanie Cutter, a longtime aide to Kennedy who recently formed the Cutter Media Group, said, “Splash is indeed making his national debut on ‘Good Morning America.’ He’s all groomed and ready to go, but he’s still trying to find the perfect sound bite.”

John Bresnahan and Paul Kane contributed to this report.

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