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The Democratic Party’s Campaign Chief, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York suggested that “What families have to do.” to weather inflation is eat Chef Boyardee.

Maloney had been asked by a reporter what he has done and what he would do to solve the inflation problem.

“According to @spmaloney, Hudson Valley residents who are struggling to put gas in their tank and food on their table should eat Chef Boyardee,” Maloney’s Republican opponent for the New York 17th District Congressional seat, Mike Lawler, tweeted with a clip of the Democrat discussing inflation with Halston Media Group on Oct. 27.


“I have a better idea — let’s Fire Sean Maloney and reduce inflation so that New Yorkers can afford to live here and eat what they want,” Lawler wrote.

“Yeah, well, I grew up in a family where, you know, if the gas price went up, the food budget went down,” Maloney said. “So by this time of the week, we’d be eating Chef Boyardee if that budget wasn’t gonna change. So that’s what families have to do.”

Let Them Eat Chef Boyardee

After his Chef Boyardee recommendation, (Although he didn’t specify, spaghetti with meatballs or ravioli?) Maloney cited actions that he claims would lower inflation, according to Fox News.

“We’re capping seniors’ out-of-pocket costs in the Medicare program. That’s a big deal. So now, only two thousand dollars a year will come out-of-pocket, rain or shine,” Maloney added. “That allows seniors to budget. We’re also negotiating, finally, in the Medicare program with the big prescription drug companies to lower the cost of everybody’s prescription drugs. That’s long overdue.”

Maloney also threw in that Democrats, “released 90 million barrels from the strategic petroleum reserve, that’s what’s taken about $1.30 off the price of a gallon of gas. That’s a big help.”

Biden’s moves to release millions of barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to keep fuel prices down leading into a midterm election has been harshly criticized as a being a short-sighted, dangerous fix and a politically motivated move squandering of an emergency reserve intended for natural disasters or wartime use.

Maloney’s communications director Mia Ehrenberg tweeted an accusation at Lawler claiming that he was taking the clip “horribly out of context.”

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So here is the full interview, all 19 or so minutes of it. and the transcript of Maloney’s entire unbroken answer. It doesn’t really get better even in full, unedited context.

Reporter: “Hudson Valley residents are feeling pain at the pump and at grocery stores. What have you done and what do you plan to do to help solve our inflation problem?”

Rep. Maloney: “Yeah, well I grew up in a family where you know if the if the gas price went up the food budget went down so by this time of the week we’d be eating Chef Boyardee. If… if that budget wasn’t going to change, right? So that’s what families have to do.

Here’s what we should do: we’re capping seniors’ out-of-pocket costs in the Medicare program that’s a big deal so now only two thousand dollars a year will come out of pocket uh rain or shine that allows seniors to budget. We’re also negotiating finally in the Medicare program with the big prescription drug companies to lower the costs of everybody’s prescription drugs that’s long overdue. In addition to that we’ve released 90 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve that’s what’s taken about a dollar Thirty off the price of a gallon of gas that’s a big help. Got to do more to keep that price from going back up, keep it coming down and there’s other things we can do.

We can absolutely bring health insurance premiums down for those in the Affordable Care Act. We’ve done that. We can… we can pay for these things by the way with it with a tax on big corporations so they’ll finally pay what they owe. Finally did that. And there’s other things we can do. We can surge the production of… of energy particularly renewable energy so that there’s more supply that brings prices down. That’s part of the strategy of the inflation reduction act and all of these strategies together.. together with going after price gouging by the way because these big oil companies are making a fortune off of Putin’s War. And the rest I’ve got to make sure people aren’t profiting uh off the war um all these strategies together can help… can help bring prices down. “

According to the Cook Political Report, the race for NY Congressional District 17 is a “toss-up,” as reported by Breitbart. FiveThirtyEight.com shows the race as likely favoring Maloney. However, mid-October internal GOP polling from McLaughlin & Associates shows Lawler up by 6 points at 52% to 46% as reported by The New York Post.