Boehner rents apartment from tanning bed lobbyist

Republican House Speaker John Boehner rents his DC apartment from a tanning industry lobbyist.

Things you just can’t make up.

According to the Daily Caller, Boehner rents an apartment in Capitol Hill (the neighborhood that the Congress is in) from a lobbyist with the American Suntanning Association.

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GOP House Speaker John Boehner

In the past, Boehner has accepted thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from another tanning bed lobbyist, the Indoor Tanning Association.

Boehner is the king of perma-tans, though he’s denied for years that he’s a fan of fake-and-bake tans.  He often looks a tad too made up, but it’s actually not a bad idea – if you’re going to go for more color, a spray-on tan is probably safer than the sun.  Anyway, it’s interesting, and funny as hell, that Boehner has such close ties to tanning bed lobbyists.

Mitt Romney got into a spot of trouble last year for using what many were convinced was a fake tan to woo Latino voters during an appearance on Univision:

Mitt Romney sporting his new orange "day laborer" tan.

Mitt Romney sporting his new orange “day laborer” tan.


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  • bertinanth764

    my Aunty Amelia got a
    fantastic black Audi TT Coupe from only workin part time on a pc… i loved
    this B­i­g­2­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • fletcher

    If there is karma, when Boehner arrives in the afterlife, he will be offered a free tanning bed only to find himself strapped in for eternity and the controls set for “roast.”

  • Anonymous

    “Intellectuals” is used loosely, right?

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, many voters don’t look up the facts. All it takes is an implied image to woo a certain base.

  • Butch1

    That seems to be the case with all of these “lifers” who make a living in DC.

  • ArthurH

    Boehner accepts favors from campaign contributors but we end up get burned.

  • ArthurH

    They are running a trailer for a documentary on Mitt Romney that shows Mitt ironing his suit and shirt sleeves while he is still wearing them.. The scene is supposed to make him look like a regular guy (like we all wear French cuffs). But to me it seemed he was trying to outdo “Lil’l Abner” where Mammy Yokum was occasionally seen pressing Pappy Yokum’s pants while he was still wearing them and laying across her lap.

  • Butch1

    Isn’t that the truth and have been for quite some time. Now they know that we are on to them.

  • Butch1

    I would have a hard time calling them “statesmen.” A few other names come to mind, but I digress.

  • Butch1

    Yes, the common man and the poor aren’t represented in the Congress anymore. ;-

  • Butch1

    I wonder if he was given a “free” tanning bed by this bunch and has it hidden in this apartment? Whenever he uses it the whole building’s lights dim. ;-)

  • Butch1

    I don’t know why the old cowboy theme song “Raw Hide” keeps popping into my head, but it has been since reading this thread. ;-)

  • Butch1

    He best not fall asleep under one. Of course, for safety reasons they have timers on them.

  • Butch1

    Like many republicans, Mitt is into appearances. He also likes props and backdrops as we well know him using a battleship to announce his and Paul Ryan’s run for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency when neither has ever had a seconds moment serving their country in this capacity. What “fried my grits” was the yellow-bellied Romney actually took off to France to escape the draft and decided to do his missionary work in the Mormon church during this time when other Mormon men stepped up and served in Vietnam. This man was spineless and a coward yet, he had the nerve to use for appearance sake, a battleship to launch his run and Ryan’s for the top two positions and pretend they both were military men stepping off of that ship. It fooled the younger generations who didn’t know any better and would not look up both men’s military histories and find they had never served. They were only in for appearances and that’s all that seems to matter to the GOP. They market this stuff.

    John Kerry was a real war hero and he was made fun of by this same bunch and they made a hero out of George W Bush who escaped going to Vietnam and went AWOL and got away with that. They didn’t care. This is how they work; they make up their heroes and vilify the real ones.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I still see them everywhere. Obviously people are still going.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Yes, but imagine if juried received donations from plaintiffs in cases? And expected to stay as jurors for decades. Jurors are mostly not corrupted because they are only there for a few days or weeks and then go back to their regular lives. Given enough time they’d be as crooked as Congress.

  • Drew2u

    How about a random jury-duty system? Jury Duty is polling higher than congress!
    Plus with a $100,000 salary, that’s more than most people make or will ever see so it’s an economic stimulus just by putting regular folk in charge! :P

  • Anonymous

    I’d forgotten about Mitt’s last-ditch “Hispanic appeal” tan. Makes you wonder about the motivation behind Boehner’s grooming habits.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Melanoma.

  • Haviva

    Boehner is fit to be fried!

  • Monoceros Forth

    What is the optimal wavelength for curing photoresist? I wonder if it isn’t within the range of UV LEDs, which can be gotten cheaply for wavelengths down to about 380 nm. Below that the cost starts rising dramatically. And you’d have to construct your own box to use them of course.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I don’t know. Is a technocracy really the answer? Scientists can be just as corruptible as anyone. I do agree that there’s something awry with the notion of being a career politician because it involves mastering a set of skills that, increasingly, seem to have little correlation with competence in any other area. I used to have some romantic notion that the best politicians would at least have to be skilled in rhetoric–a Demosthenes, a Cicero, a Daniel Webster–but when was the last time that was true?

    What the answer might be I can’t guess. I’m sure that much greater thinkers than I have have struggled with the problem. Maybe a sort of cursus honorum, as in the old days of the Roman Republic before it all went south, in which a man was forbidden from holding any one particular office for more than a year.

  • Drew2u

    Those who are incorruptible are unelectable and wouldn’t want the job, anyway.
    I agree with the thinking that we need more scientists and mathematicians in office and less lawyers and careerists.

  • Thom Allen

    I’m just a silver-fingered devil when I type, silver-tongued when I talk.

  • nicho

    Cheap and dirt. Sums up Congress pretty well.

  • nicho

    Politics makes strange tanning bedfellows.

  • pappyvet

    Orange you glad he looks so healthy.

  • olandp

    The headline made me laugh out loud!

  • Thom Allen

    I thought of the same thing after I posted. Congress, we elect them so they can sell themselves to thehighest bidders. Shockingly, many of them come dirt cheap.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Gaah. Surely there must be some way of designing a representative government that isn’t easy prey to this kind of scarcely concealed bribery. I know that there are various limitations in place about campaign finance and accepting gifts and so forth–small beer, the lot of them, and easily circumvented. The noxious concept of “access”, that there should be men and women specially privileged by virtue of their wealth or their success in business to schmooze with our legislators and write laws for them while sipping port and digesting a slab of filet mignon, has been lethal. Yet any serious proposal to limit this “access” gets howled down as an assault on the right to free speech. In any case it’s impossible for me to conceive of any set of rules that can’t easily be undermined.

  • zerosumgame0005

    and then there’s Jim Hoft, albino Bevis…

  • Monoceros Forth

    That’s important, though. Many great American statesmen and intellectuals are shapeless blobs of cytoplasm: Newt Gringrich, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh…

  • cole3244

    like most gopers boys in a mans body,

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Cries just like a real boy.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I understand that “Amoebas are People” is opening a branch on K-Street.

  • nicho

    That’s supposed to be the job of Congress, but they’re now playing for the other team.

  • nicho

    Yeah, that was my question. I can see hiring someone on an ad hoc basis if something regarding your business was in front of Congress, but a full-time one? That’s just odd.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Gee, now we know why Boehner was adamantly opposed to the 10% tanning salon tax in the PPACA bill.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    The American people don’t.

  • Thom Allen

    Hard to believe that even the American Suntanning Association and the Indoor Tanning Association have lobbyists. Is there no group that doesn’t have lobbyists?

  • cole3244

    next thing you know he will be doing fake tears commercials.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    You don’t seriously think any member of Congress actually pays full market value for anything, do you? Bribes should just be listed among their official benefits.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Look into mercury vapor UV bulbs intended for reptile care. A little on the pricey side, but they output significantly more UV (and heat) than fluorescent tubes, and generally last longer.

  • quax

    Just leave the orange man alone!

  • Zorba

    LOL! Great comment, Phil. You win the thread. ;-)

  • douglas01

    Is the apt rented to Boehner at market rate or below?

  • MyrddinWilt

    There used to be a UV tanning place down the road. They shut down a couple of years back and all the tanning beds were taken away on a U-haul. Seems that the cost of insuring that kind of business against melanoma claims has become prohibitive.

    I can’t even find UV tubes for exposing UV circuit board masks any more. Well not from the usual suppliers of electronics stuff. Seems you have to use an ordinary fluorescent these days which takes ages.

  • Phil Perspective

    How does The Onion ever stay in business any more?

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