MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said that Republicans on Capitol Hill tell him "all the time" that House Minority Leader John Boehner "is not the hardest worker in the world" and that by early evening he can be found hitting up the Washington bar scene.
"I hear it on the Hill, I'm sure you hear it on the Hill all the time, it's not reported, but so many Republicans tell me this is a guy that is not the hardest worker in the world," said Scarborough on Wednesday's edition of Morning Joe. "Every Republican I talk to says John Boehner, by 5 or 6 o'clock at night, you can see him at bars. He is not a hard worker."
Scarborough, who represented Florida's first district in congress from 1995 to 2001, said that the way he hears it, Boehner has a tendency to become "disengaged" and by comparison doesn't put in the work hours Newt Gingrich did when he was the ranking Republican in the House.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel offered reaction to Scarborough's remarks in a statement e-mailed to Politico:
"Boehner grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, and his dad owned a bar, but the only time he's 'around town' these days is to raise money for our House Republican team. Thus far this year, he's headlined more than 230 events and raised about $27 million. And that's just the beginning."
WATCH: Scarborough: Republicans Tell Me John Boehner 'Isn't The Hardest Worker'