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Its the end of Boehner, the unplugged version. If youre a member of the Fourth Estate, dont bother asking House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) to answer questions in the Congressional hallways.
He wont be much help.
Were not doing this anymore, Boehner recently told a Roll Call reporter seeking to question him in the Speakers Lobby, where Members often give impromptu interviews.
The normally affable Boehner, who used to be good for at least a question or two in such environs, made it clear that hes got a new policy against impromptu hallway interviews.
That puts him in the category of established press curmudgeons such as Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who has a no-interview policy in the Speakers Lobby. And it makes Boehner even less accessible than Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who will often answer a question or two in the hallway on the way to and from her office.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told HOH that the leader isnt going to be completely off-limits to press. Still, reporters access to the GOP leader will be more controlled.
This will hopefully be a more organized and effective way to communicate: Reporters can either ask questions at Boehners frequent press conferences or contact the press office, which is always happy to help, Steel said. It should be better both for Boehner and for the press.
And much less likely that Boehners message will wander off script.
A Congress-Sanctioned Bender. You can blame Congress for tomorrows hangover. Today is Cinco de Mayo, the annual tequila-infused holiday that celebrates Mexicos underdog victory against France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
And while Cinco de Mayo is traditionally considered a Mexican holiday, were thrilled to tell you its your patriotic duty as an American to celebrate.
The House took up a resolution Monday night recognizing the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated annually by nearly all Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, north and south of the United States-Mexico border.
Introduced by Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and supported by a bipartisan group of 29 co-sponsors, the bill notes that many people celebrate during the entire week in which Cinco de Mayo falls and calls upon the American people to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Translation: Its your civic duty to order a margarita (after work, of course).
No Tear in His Beer. Post-Congress life is looking pretty good for former Sen. Ted Stevens. An HOH spy saw the Alaska Republican greeting well-wishers and quaffing a drink Saturday night at the Off the Record bar located in the Hay-Adams hotel.
Stevens, wearing a suit and accompanied by an older gentleman, was drinking what appeared to be a dark beer from a tall pilsner glass, our tipster says.
Stevens has reason to be cheerier than he was just a few months ago, when he was on trial for corruption charges (which were ultimately dropped).