Right-leaning Politico.com ran this item last week about incoming House Speaker John Boehner:
John Boehner isn’t speaker yet, but he already seems to be playing by his own rules.
The Ohio Republican was spotted puffing on a cigarette in the Capitol on Thursday afternoon, smoke billowing around his head, as he presided over a GOP steering committee meeting in the Capitol Visitor Center.
That would be a violation of a House rule that prohibits smoking in public rooms in the building.
A profile of Boehner in the New Yorker suggests that the new speaker smokes around two packs of cigarettes a day. And based on his family history with smoking, it’s unlikely Boehner will quit anytime soon:
[Boehner’s parents] Earl and Mary Ann were both heavy smokers, as is John (reportedly two packs a day); Mary Ann, who died of pulmonary failure in 1998, smoked until the very end. “She was on oxygen and still smoked,” [Boehner’s brother Bob] recalls. “She’d take the oxygen off and smoke. And we’d come in and see her and she’d put the cigarette down, and the smoke would come up. And we’d say, ‘Mom, if you’re gonna smoke, you’ve gotta go in the other room.’ She was hard-core.”