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Congress' Car Dealers Offer Boehner Shopping Advice

Boehner is in the market for a sweet ride now that he won't be whisked around by a protective detail. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On his way out the door, former Speaker John A. Boehner proclaimed one of his top post-retirement priorities was buying a new set of wheels, and Congress' car salesmen are lining up to close the deal.  

"Red Mustang GT convertible, that's my recommendation for the speaker," said Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., who built his business acumen as the owner of Freedom Automotive, operating Ford and Volvo dealerships in Virginia’s 2nd District. The Ohio Republican spent nine years being driven around by Capitol Police. House Republicans provided him with a golf cart as a retirement gift. But Boehner said during exit interviews he looked forward to shopping for a new automobile.  

Time for Boehner to Break Out the Bubbly

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner received a special delivery before the House gaveled into session Thursday morning.  

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was spotted bringing champagne into the speaker's office. Asked if the bottle was for Boehner or incoming Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the Arizona Democrat told HOH it was for the Ohio Republican and quipped, "Don't you think he needs it more?" Sinema added that Boehner earned it, a sentiment shared across Capitol Hill in his final hour.  

They See Him Rollin': GOP Gives Boehner Golf Cart as Parting Gift

Boehner, right, is an avid golfer. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With a bipartisan budget deal checked off his to-do list, Speaker John A. Boehner is moving on to greener pastures — and he now has a new ride.  

As Boehner navigates the fairways of the golf course, he will be able to do so on a new golf cart, which was a parting gift from House Republicans Tuesday morning. The license plate on his new set of wheels reads, "MR SPKR." “For a minute I thought it might be the popemobile," Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark, said Tuesday. The Ohio delegation also gave Boehner a new golf bag and a new set of clubs.  

Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip in Boehnerland

His Sept. 25 decision to relinquish command of the increasingly unruly House of Representatives left many of those who learned the ways of Washington beneath the wing of retiring Speaker John A. Boehner utterly speechless.  

Sorrow, though, wasn’t the predominant emotion.  

Friends Pour Into Pombo Portrait Unveiling

Sitting lawmakers and onetime House Natural Resources Committee staff returned to their old stomping grounds in Longworth Tuesday to honor former Rep. Richard W. Pombo.  

RPcu72815 “It’s like old House day!” one enthusiastic supporter who had gathered for the unveiling of Pombo’s official portrait sputtered while snaking through the flood of familiar faces. “After I left, I wasn’t coming back,” the seven-term lawmaker told assembled well-wishers about his short-lived plan to make a clean break from #ThisTown. Instead, he became a partner at Gavel Resources here in Washington — though he insists his first love is, and will always be, tending to his family’s cattle ranch.  

Cantor v. Brat: The Fight Continues

Remember this guy? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor might have lost the battle — but he could still win the war.  

Well, maybe not really. After all, the former House majority leader lost not only his title but his congressional seat to Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., who at the time of the June 2014 primary election was a little-known economics professor who rose to prominence by calling Cantor a lover of illegal amnesty.  

Scott Brown’s Slim Pickings

Contrary to what social media users might think, former lawmaker Scott Brown hasn’t been conned by any Nigerian princes. And he no longer has any need to curry favor with Big Pharma.  

So what would motivate the border-hopping Senate hopeful to throw his weight behind dietary supplements?  

Staffer Bids Adieu to 'Jurassic Congress'

"We spared no expense."  

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film "Jurassic Park" in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.  

Exit Interview: Amie Woeber Loves Loose Cannons

It sounds like departing congressional staffer Amie Woeber has, following a decade of government service, finally come to terms with the idea of decamping from the Hill.  

Quitting all the chaos, however, may require intensive therapy.