Heard on the Hill: Paging Don Draper

Posted February 16, 2011 at 6:27pm

Speaker John Boehner rented downtown restaurant P.J. Clarke’s for a fundraiser Tuesday night, allowing the Ohio Republican and his guests to have their “Mad Men” moment.

A love of P.J. Clarke’s — a popular watering hole for staffers, both on Capitol Hill and for Mad Men’s fictitious advertising agency — isn’t the only thing Boehner and Don Draper have in common. Both men wear swanky suits and enjoy relaxing with a cigarette and a drink after a hard day at the office.

P.J. Clarke’s flagship location in New York opened in 1884, and the restaurant has enjoyed a spike in popularity since being featured on the AMC drama. The D.C. outpost opened last year and has since played host to heavy hitters such as Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).