Toward the conclusion of Wednesday’s session in the House, House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., delivered a somewhat unusual announcement to his colleagues.
“Members should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearance on the floor,’’ Boehner said. “This standard applies even when a member is entering the chamber only to vote by electronic device or by card in the well.’’
“Members are reminded of the unique tradition and dignity of the House that sets it apart from other institutions and workplaces,’’ Boehner said.
Boehner, who never is seen around the House without a suit and tie, did not say what prompted his admonition. But perhaps it had to do with Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. – yes that Mark Sanford who vanished from the South Carolina’s governor’s office to visit his mistress in Argentina – showing up in the speaker’s lobby last week wearing gym shorts, T-shirt and sneakers. Apparently Sanford had just rushed from the House gym to cast a vote.