Rep. Lowey Calls Paul Ryan ‘Naughty Boy,’ He Calls Her ‘Mom’

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, speaks with Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, as they go before the House Rules Committee as it conside... House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, speaks with Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, as they go before the House Rules Committee as it considers the budget compromise struck last night by Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The plan is seen as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) on Wednesday told the New York Times that she and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) are friends and that she calls him “Naughty Boy.”

“Believe it or not, Paul Ryan is a good friend,” Lowey told Times columnist Gail Collins in a conversation about GOP trainings on how to speak to women. “He calls me Mom. I call him Naughty Boy.”

Lowey told Collins that the GOP trainings will not solve candidates’ difficulty appealing to women voters.

“They need better ideas, not ‘Mad Men’ style sensitivity training,” she said.

TPM has reached out to Ryan’s office for comment.

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