Despite record snow, Boehner's tan doesn't fade

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) has long said he gets his famous tan from playing a lot of golf. Others on Capitol Hill, however, suspect that the minority leader uses some type of tanning device.

No one has proved that Boehner's tan is artificial, but let's face it -- getting a natural tan in Ohio is difficult in the middle of the winter. Sure, Boehner travels to warm parts of the country on occasion, but his tan never seems to fade. 

As Boehner over the last several months has been closely tracking Democrats' plans to reform the nation's healthcare system, ITK has been closely monitoring the Ohio lawmaker's tan.Take a look at these three photos of the lawmaker, shot in October, December, and January. Despite record snowstorms in Washington, D.C., and more than 50 days of snow in Ohio, Boehner somehow maintains his bronze glow.

Moreover, according to scores posted on the Golf Handicap and Information Network, Boehner hasn't golfed since October. (He shot an 85 that day, which is high for the 8 handicap.)

Even President Barack Obama couldn't help but give the leader some grief. During a speech last year, Obama joked that Boehner is "a person of color, although not a color that appears in the natural world." 

As for Boehner's team, as a rule, they stay mum on the tanning question, although one GOP aide joked, "Clearly, Boehner's sunny personality keeps him tanned and ready, even in the dead of winter."

A longtime manager at a Washington area indoor tanning salon looked at the photos of the lawmaker and remarked, "He looks like he's just walked in from the beach!" 

If Boehner does use a tanning bed, he may soon have to shell out more cash. The Senate healthcare bill calls for a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services.

A spokesman for the Indoor Tanning Association declined to comment.