Fortunately, the offending popcorn was finally dislodged from the House member’s airways.

Poe’s spokeswoman, Shaylyn Hynes, tells ITK her boss “is doing fine” since the popcorn incident.

While the whole thing sounds as if it might not have been a laughing matter, the kernel-sized snafu didn’t tarnish Poe’s signature sense of humor. He said following the episode, “I choked after I learned the Republicans were being slaughtered by the Democrats in the congressional baseball game.”

A team of Democratic lawmakers trounced Republicans 22-0 in last week’s 52nd annual baseball showdown, winning the game for the fifth year in a row.

No word whether Poe plans on taking a pause from eating popcorn in the future.

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