Bass recalled an early 2006 meeting with then-Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). “I said that what we are up to now is not what our Conference was created for. You are now supporting an indicted person for Majority Leader. We have a committee chairman who tells the people of America to go stuff it because he wants to build a bridge in his state. We have three or four people that are going to jail. This is what people like me ran against.”
“That is the lesson we need to learn. And I don’t think John Boehner is going to forget that. I really don’t,” the battle-tested freshman said of the Ohio Republican and Speaker-designate shortly before leaving the Rayburn cafeteria.
With his office selected, Bass’ orientation was finished, and he returned to New Hampshire. Come January, he’ll be back on Capitol Hill with the rest of his class.