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From Rob Hotakainen in Washington

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of California took offense last week when Republican Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio compared the public insurance option to a "garlic milkshake," Roll Call reports today.

Honda supports both the public option and garlic. His district includes the city of Gilroy, which hosts a garlic festival each year.

On Friday, Honda delivered a basket of garlic to Boehner's office. The minority leader's staff accepted the gift.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told Roll Call that the office was thankful.

"We like garlic," Steel said. "The point Boehner made was simply that garlic milkshakes aren't popular, like the Democrats' government takeover of health care."



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