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Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:32 AM

U.S. House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office

U.S. House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office
By Will Dunham, November 1, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan can add one more burning issue to his agenda as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: how to get rid of the stench of cigarette smoke.

Ryan said on Sunday he has been trying to come up with ways to remove the smell of cigarettes from the House speaker's office that he took over on Thursday after he replaced the retiring John Boehner, a heavy smoker.

Asked if he is going to be able to get the smell of smoke out of the place, the fitness-conscious congressman said, "That's a really good question. And we've been talking about that."

"They have these ozone machines, apparently, that you can detoxify the environment. But I'm going to have to work on the carpeting in here," Ryan told the NBC program "Meet the Press."



http://news.yahoo.com/u-house-speaker-fog-over-cigarette-stench-office-211625009.html

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Reply U.S. House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office (Original post)
kpete Nov 2015 OP
Deadshot Nov 2015 #1
pinebox Nov 2015 #2
hifiguy Nov 2015 #19
JustABozoOnThisBus Nov 2015 #3
notadmblnd Nov 2015 #4
Codeine Nov 2015 #8
notadmblnd Nov 2015 #9
LeftyMom Nov 2015 #11
yellowcanine Nov 2015 #5
MisterP Nov 2015 #6
kay1864 Nov 2015 #7
appalachiablue Nov 2015 #10
SoCalDem Nov 2015 #12
Phentex Nov 2015 #13
CTyankee Nov 2015 #14
lunatica Nov 2015 #15
Arugula Latte Nov 2015 #16
Nye Bevan Nov 2015 #17
hifiguy Nov 2015 #18
Texasgal Nov 2015 #20

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:33 AM

1. As much as I can't stand Ryan, I would do the same thing.

Smoking is gross and I can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I'd do the same thing if I were him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:36 AM

2. Double standard BS

 

If American people aren't allowed to smoke around Gov't buildings, why the hell are our reps?
I'm no Ryan fan but I hope he gets that office cleaned up and fumigated.

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Response to pinebox (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 06:12 PM

19. Congress often exempts itself from laws

 

we proletarians have to obey.

But cig smoke stench is fouler than hell.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:37 AM

3. Maybe he should sleep somewhere else

not in his office.

He can move his cot to the fitness facility locker room.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 10:03 AM

4. So you go get a bucket or two of Killz and paint

install a new carpet/rug and tada! stink is gone. Geez, anyone wanna bet he'll whine about the stink longer than it will take to eliminate it?

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 01:02 PM

8. It really doesn't go away that easily.

The smell gets in the ventilation system, ceiling tiles, and any furniture that may be attached to the office.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 01:19 PM

9. Well then every office there must reek

because people smoked there for over a hundred years before it became political incorrect.

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 02:41 PM

11. It's harder than that.

In a rental unit once I had to do all of that and ran an ozone unit for several cycles. The smell was reduced but not eliminated. I think getting rid of it entirely would have required changing out the cabinetry and replacing all of the drywall.

In a historic building those may not be options anyone would like to pursue.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:47 PM

5. Boehner should have to personally pay to detoxify the place.

Getting rid of cigarette smoke residue is a pain. Carpets have to be replaced and likely a complete repaint. Scrubbing windows, fixtures, etc. with a strong detergent, etc. We bought a house that had been owned by a heavy smoker. It took my wife and I the good part of a week to get the place presentable. When we washed the windows the wash water was yellow. Gross.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:54 PM

6. does that explain the discoloration?

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Response to MisterP (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 12:58 PM

7. The man's a goblin!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 02:31 PM

10. Who in Ryan's position wouldn't know that Boehner's smelly, unhealthy

habit of smoking would impact his new speaker offices and that the situation will be handled by congressional maintenance staff. Building personnel will surely arrange for professional cleaning and treatment, as they've done before, by companies that treat areas affected by smoking, mold, water damage and other contaminants.
Ryan's father died from a smoking related heart attack when he was young so he and his mother lived on Social Security and assistance from relatives. Mentioning the nasty smoking residue on a Sunday NBC news program seems odd and OTT, like Ryan's well known, zealous and frequent heath/fitness workouts, especially weight lifting that he brings up often, even this article.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 05:17 PM

12. Easy-peasy

Strip the office down to the studs..spray the studs with sterilizer/odor control spray..re build..

Replace all wood/carpet/cloth surfaces..


That's the ONLY way to combat the residual odors

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 05:28 PM

13. I suggest a nice citrus spray...

to make Ryan think of oranges.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 05:40 PM

14. When my clothes, even my underwear, reeked of nicotine, that's when I knew it was time

to quit. Bad enough that my hair and my skin did. It was so disgusting I just quit, just like that...no problems, no withdrawal, just a huge desire to STOP.

Of course, I had a new man in my life (now my husband) who detested smoking, so that was a real impetus...it worked just fine...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 05:43 PM

15. Well, I for one hope it makes him incessantly ill

I'm not even going to pretend to care about someone who thinks rape is just one of God's delivery systems for making babies.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 05:50 PM

16. Is this not a smoke-free building?

 

Is smoking allowed or did Boehner just ignore the law?

If smoking is allowed, that is just pure insanity.

Cigarette smoke is not only obnoxious, it's noxious.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 05:55 PM

17. There's not much I sympathize with Ryan about, but I agree with him here.

I hate checking into a hotel room that is supposed to be nonsmoking but still has the foul stench of stale smoke. Reminds me of when I was a kid; my parents didn't smoke but they allowed guests to smoke. And when they had a lot of smoking guests it took a few days for the smell to disappear completely.

And yes, the same rules should apply to the Congressional buildings as in any other workplace. What about the poor cleaner who has to breathe in that day's secondhand smoke residue while cleaning Boehner's office?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 06:10 PM

18. He will be finding empty, hidden gin and bourbon bottles

 

for months.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 06:59 PM

20. I'd like to know why cheeto man

was ALLOWED to smoke in his office to begin with! Aren't all government facilities smoke free now?

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