I’m just posting this because I think it’s hilarious. According to this USA Today story, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan said that in meetings with House Speaker John Boehner, he tries to sit as far away as possible because of Boehner’s constant smoking.
“I try to sit as far away from him as I can in meetings that I know are going to be stressful,” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Time in a Q&A published Thursday. “I just hate getting that smell in my clothes.”
OK, maybe just worth a chuckle. What isn’t quite as funny is Boehner has long been a stooge for Big Tobacco in Congress and has taken hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) in contributions from Big Tobacco. Several years ago, Boehner even handed out checks from the tobacco industry’s lobbyists to members of Congress — on the floor of the House no less — in order to garner their votes on some issues benefiting the tobacco industry.