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Speaker dishes clothing advice


Jude R. Seymour, a deputy campaign manager for Republican Matthew A. Doheny, said he got about 15 seconds of face time with House Speaker John A. Boehner at the fundraiser that Mr. Boehner held for Mr. Doheny on Friday at Lake George.
He also got a lesson about his clothes.
Mr. Seymour walked into the room at the Inn at Erlowest, shook Mr. Boehner’s hand and said, “Mr. Speaker, it’s an honor to meet you.”
Mr. Boehner replied, “Yes. Now button your jacket.”
To Mr. Seymour, it was clear the command was meant in a lighthearted way. But he took the lesson in stride and buttoned up his suit jacket before a photograph was taken.
“It would look better,” Mr. Seymour said. “He was right.”
The incident brought to mind for Mr. Seymour a sartorial brouhaha when Mr. Boehner dressed down — or dressed up, as it were — a reporter because he wasn’t wearing socks. The reporter, NBC’s Luke Russert, responded that Mr. Boehner had gone without socks before, too.
“I didn’t have a tie on,” Mr. Boehner said, according to a July National Journal story. “It’s a really simple rule: If you’re wearing a tie, you should be wearing socks.”

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