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Not everything is grand for the Grand Old Party in New York!

Delegates find New York irksome

By Ralph Z. Hallow
THE WASHINGTON TIMES


NEW YORK - Republicans found things to grumble about - and, in some cases, reasons to skip coming here at all - from security fears and hassles to the high cost of taking a bite out of the Big Apple.

Members of a party publicly devoted to limited government and individual freedom aren't too pleased with Republican Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's citywide ban on smoking in nightclubs and restaurants.

"How can you have a convention without a smoke-filled room?" said Tim Morgan, a cigar-fancying California delegate to this week's Republican National Convention. Mr. Morgan got into town last week and managed to see five Broadway shows before the convention's start today.

"I don't like smoking bans. I'm a guy who believes in freedom," said Charlie Gerow, a cigar-smoker and delegate from Harrisburg, Pa. "Doesn't every civilized person enjoy cognac with a good cigar after dinner? I miss that here."

A major tobacco company was one of the sponsors of a pre-convention party at a Manhattan nightclub that throbbed with delegates and members of Congress dancing and drinking - but not smoking. That, they had to do outside the club, on the street.
 

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Wetterhorn said:
"How can you have a convention without a smoke-filled room?" said Tim Morgan, a cigar-fancying California delegate to this week's Republican National Convention.
i thought california was also one of the anti-smoki-nazi type states as well?
what's this cat doing about it, other than bitching about the smoking laws in NY?
 

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Charlie Gerow is a BOTL! Wow.

Looks like civilized folks such as us will have to hide-out at the smokeasy or the herfturfs. I cannot for the life of me understand goverments role in how I decide to pander to my customers. If you want smokefree, fine, go to a smoke free bar. We've had smoke free bars in Seattle for 20+ years. It's called freedom of choice. I didn't smoke from age 26 to 41...I never once cared if someone else did. I never once went to the smokefree bars. And I find the smoking section always has a seat ready! ;)

Thanks for posting that Wetterhorn.
 

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Relaxnsmoke:

Because of your post I get the impression you own a bar or similar establishment in the Seattle area. If so, perhaps you will answer a question: why do bars, restaurants and casinos in Washington allow cigarettes while banning cigars? I see no logic in that.
 
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