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Carr’s Column – Potential next Speaker of the US House of Representatives thanks you for smoking

September 14, 2010

Democrats are beginning to focus on the negative image of Republican representative John Boehner of Ohio. A chain smoking golfer, organically linked to lobbyists for tobacco, would be Speaker if control of the House swings in November.

See The New York Times, Sunday September 12 for a detailed account of how Boehner mixes politics and business. A highlight of his career was in 1996 when he was caught handing out cheques from tobacco lobbyists to fellow Republicans on the House floor. Recalls the good old days of Chester A. Arthur or Warren Harding.

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