Washington’s ‘cig­ar man’ cel­e­brates USA

Washington’s ‘cigar man’ celebrates USA

Wash­ing­ton may no longer have smoke-filled rooms, but it def­i­nite­ly still has its “cig­ar man.”
Just ask Jim Nichol­son, a for­mer Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee chair­man, ambas­sador to the Vat­i­can, and Vet­er­ans Affairs sec­re­tary.
In a new auto­bi­og­ra­phy from cel­e­brat­ed cig­ar mak­er Paul P.K. Garmiri­an, Nichol­son referred to “PG” as “my cig­ar man.”

In an inter­view, he said, “I just love the guy.” So much so that he intro­duced him to for­mer Pres­i­dent and cig­ar smok­er George W. Bush and cig­ar afi­ciona­do Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger.
When vis­it­ing Garmirian’s McLean, Vir­ginia, out­let and its truck-sized humi­dor where it’s com­mon to brush elbows with gov­er­nors, Cab­i­net mem­bers, and movie stars, Nichol­son said, “It’s so fun to sit there and smoke a cig­ar with him and then have him tell you all about that cig­ar, what the mix is, what the blend is, what the aging has been.”
He’s not alone in prais­ing Garmirian’s sticks. O …