Eat Chef Boyardee? Midterms summed up by top Democrat’s ‘clueless’ inflation comments, critics say

The entire 2022 midterm election cycle could be summed up by one controversial sentiment expressed this weekend by a top Democrat running the campaign arm of the caucus, Dana Perino on “The Five” said Monday.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney – a Democrat from Putnam County running in a redrawn district that now includes Rockland County, where his Republican opponent sits in the state assembly – made waves when he suggested the family eat chef Boyardee canned pasta during discussion about inflation.

“I grew up in a family that if the price of gas goes up, the price of food goes down, so this time of the week we will eat Chef Boyardee if the budget doesn’t change – So that’s what the family has to do. do,” he said during an interview with Halston Media Westchester.

In “The Five,” Perino said Maloney’s comments summed up the election in one sentiment from the left.

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NYACK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Rep.  Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) greets former President Bill Clinton during a rally at the Nyack Veterans Memorial Park on October 29, 2022 in Nyack, New York.

NYACK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 29: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) greets former President Bill Clinton during a rally at the Nyack Veterans Memorial Park on October 29, 2022 in Nyack, New York.
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“I think if you could put the entire election cycle into one clip, it would be about Chef Boyardee — because [Maloney] responsible for electing another Democrat,” he said. “This election is about inflation and the economy.”

Responding to Maloney, his opponent, Assemblyman Michael LawlerR-Suffern, said he had a “better idea” than eating Chef Boyardee: “Let’s fire Sean Maloney and reduce inflation.”

Perino said Maloney’s comments are reminiscent of other top Democrats who have made similar tone-deaf remarks that are perceived as derisive or uncaring for sick Americans.

He cited Biden’s climate czar John Kerry once suggesting displaced energy workers seek green jobs.

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Assemblyman Mike Lawler, R-Rockland, the Republican candidate for the 17th congressional district, speaks at a news conference at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains on October 12, 2022.

Assemblyman Mike Lawler, R-Rockland, the Republican candidate for the 17th congressional district, speaks at a news conference at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains on October 12, 2022.
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In 2021, Kerry defended Biden’s climate platform saying the president wants these laid-off workers to “have better options…

Perino also pointed to comments from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about purchasing electric vehicles.

“They want to let them bike to work, wear sweaters, basically, because the heating oil is going to be so high,” Perino said, adding that Maloney and Kerry’s comments were not the only example but evidence or larger Democrats. messaging strategy.

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, thinks his party has it

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, feels that his party has a “likability problem”.
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“[This] That’s why Hilary Rosen, the longtime Democratic strategist, said, ‘wow, we’re in bad shape’,” he said.

‘Five’ co-host Jeanine Pirro, who used to be a district attorney in one of the counties that includes Maloney-Lawler’s seat, said she and others “don’t know.”

“He’s going to lose to Mike Lawler,” Pirro predicted of the DCCC chairmanship.

Jesse Watters later added that Maloney should “smart” members of the caucus and did not make “Squad-gaffe like that,” adding that the next Democrats have suggested that the streethangers just don’t listen to music in the subway to be able to censor potential criminal opponents.

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“Here’s how it is: We have no plan. You deal with inflation, eat cheap slop,” said Watters.

Citing liberal references to the Republican takeover being a “threat to democracy,” Watters said that by definition the true threat would be to elect Democrats who do not represent the will of their constituents.

“You are supposed to go out there and represent the people. It is a representative democracy. Imagine after 9/11, George W. Bush came out and campaigned in the midterm on entitlement reform. And this country is dying to talk about terrorism.” he said.

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