U.S. Rep Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was spotted at a popular DC bar last Friday night. In a city lacking movie stars or musicians, Members of Congress are celebrities. Among those elected officials, the Congresswoman from the Western Slope is unquestionably one of the most recognizable, which is why someone sent a candid shot of her to Politico Playbook for its “Spotted” section. In the photo, Boebert can be seen sitting at the end of a long table speaking to a man wearing a suit. At least six other people are also visible in her party.
The bar in question is Barrel, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood just a few blocks from the alley where Boebert filmed her controversial “I Carry my Glock to Work” ad, which appeared to flout the District’s gun ordinances. Specializing in bourbon, Barrel calls itself a “Whiskey Lounge with a Southern Menu.” Much like Boebert’s own restaurant, the kitchen touts its barbeque, particularly its house-smoked pork shoulder.
Boebert did not make a scheduled afternoon appearance at the Ohio Political Summit the following day. The Congesswoman was listed as one of three headliners for the May 15 event in Strongsville.
She was supposed to share a stage with her embattled colleague Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who may soon face federal charges for child sex trafficking. The duo’s appearance inspired the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Jeff Darcy to ink a rather pointed editorial cartoon, which he revised once Boebert failed to show. Conservative pundit Candace Owens was the third marquee speaker.
NBC News reporter Henry Gomez covered the event and noted both Boebert’s absence and the organizers’ unwillingness to comment on it. Gaetz and Owens both spoke as announced.
Boebert wasn’t completely out of the public eye last Saturday. In an evening appearance on Newsmax, she revealed to host Benny Johnson that she one day plans on being Speaker of the House.
Rep. Boebert’s office did not immediately return a request for comment as to the nature of her Friday night visit to the bourbon bar or her no-show in Ohio on Saturday. This article will be updated with any response received.