In a statement Thursday night, Heritage Action chief Michael A. Needham pointed to Boehner's remarks, reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, that his colleagues don't want to resolve immigration and prefer "the path of least resistance."
"It's disappointing, but by now not surprising, that the Republican Speaker is attacking conservatives looking to retake the Senate," Needham said. "The Republican Party should be large enough for fact-based policy debates. Unfortunately, John Boehner is more interested in advancing the agenda of high-powered DC special interests than inspiring Americans with a policy vision that allows freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society to flourish."
Heritage Action has worked to block immigration reform.
In the Enquirer report, Boehner also attacked "organizations in Washington who raise money purporting to represent the tea party," saying they're "using the tea party for their own personal benefit."