Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have given his successor a clean slate to start with, but he also left him a slightly more unpleasant gift: the smell of cigarette smoke.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a fan of the P90X workout, told Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press” on Sunday that the smell of cigarettes still lingered in the speaker’s office from Boehner, who was known to smoke a lot.
Ryan, who said that he thought he would be able to continue sleeping in his office as speaker, told Todd that he wasn’t sure how he would get the smell of smoke out.
“Weve 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,” he said. “You know when you ever go to a hotel room or get a rental car that has been smoked? That’s what this smells like.”
Last year, Ryan told Time that he made sure not to sit close to Boehner during meetings where the speaker might light up.
“I try to sit as far away from him as I can in meetings that I know are going to be stressful. I just hate getting that smell in my clothes,” Ryan said.