Tony, Tony, Tony. Why does LL keep hearing whispers of a political comeback for former Mayor Anthony Williams? Is it a case of overblown nostalgia inspired by Mayor Vince Gray’s crummy first year? Or could the bowtied one really be entertaining notions of returning to District politics?

Williams ain’t sayin’ (or at least, he didn’t respond to a query from LL in time for deadline). But if he were to return, he’s got at least one friend in very high places.

A secret source tells LL that Williams and some friends were recently enjoying cigars on a patio at Morton’s Steakhouse downtown when Speaker of the House John Boehner stepped outside to have a cigarette.

The two pols paths have apparently crossed paths before, and they greeted each other warmly, the source says. Then Boehner declared: “This is the best mayor the city’s ever had.”

Had, or will have again?

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