September 22, 2003, here on slacktivist: In bed with Big Tobacco
Theirs has been a classic, whirlwind Beltway love story. Rep. Blunt finished up the paperwork on his divorce. Altria finished up the paperwork on a new policy recusing Perlman from lobbying House leadership.
The soon-to-be Mrs. Majority Whip will still be allowed to lobby rank and file members of the House. Those representatives will, of course, feel no pressure to grant her undue access or influence just because she’s married to the No. 3 man in the House leadership.
Rumor has it the couple is registered with Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and several appropriations committees.