Balcony barbecue could be back on for Gohmert
Dec. 5, 2016 at 11:32 p.m.
The congressman from Northeast Texas reportedly has won a meaty victory, as GOP leaders overruled the Capitol architect's longstanding order that U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert stop smoking ribs on the balcony outside his office.
According to the Dallas Morning News, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Whip Steve Scalise are stepping in to pave the way for the Tyler Republican's right to keep and braze ribs in the Washington breeze.
Gohmert was not available Monday for comment.
But he had plenty to say Friday, when he brought up the issue in one of his trademark speeches on the floor of the House. This one was about what Gohmert called the misplaced priorities of federal agencies — and that was just the right recipe to lead to his years-old gripe with the architect over the ribs.
"About seven years ago, the architect of the Capitol, who works for the House and Senate, had decided that we all work for him and started making demands," Gohmert said, "one of which was, I could not cook ribs and share them with other members of Congress."
The concern was fire hazard for the building.
Until then, Gohmert, who has served in D.C. since 2005, made a tradition of regularly cooking up a batch of ribs for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
"I have enough of my late mother in me that I enjoy cooking and enjoy people enjoying what I cook," he said. "It's probably the only time here on Capitol Hill when I actually leave a good taste in people's mouths instead of a bitter taste."