No, it’s not an outtake from the Allan Sherman novelty song “Hello Mudda, Hello Fadduh.”
Democrat lawmakers who fled Texas almost two weeks ago in order to freeze progress on the current special legislative session are feeling a little homesick and asking supporters to send them “care packages”—not to “Camp Granada,” as mentioned in the famous tune, but to Washington, D.C.
The request came in the form of a Twitter post from the Dallas County Democrat Party, which announced they would be collecting supplies to ship to Democrats who are currently residing in a luxury hotel in the nation’s capital.
What supplies, exactly? The post specifically asks for Dr Pepper, salsa, hard candy, hairspray, travel toiletries, hand sanitizers, sewing kits, first aid, as well as money to help pay for shipping the items.
💙 Our Dems in DC said they’d appreciate care packages from home. Before 5pm Tues, we're collecting Dr. Pepper, salsa, hard candy, hairspray, travel toiletries, hand sanitizers, sewing kits, first aid, and/ or $ to pay shipping. TY!
📍 9am-5pm, M-F 1414 N. Washington Ave, Dallas pic.twitter.com/PgZHQTy10h
— Dallas Democrats (@dallasdemocrats) July 24, 2021
A cursory Google Maps search reveals a number of drugstores located throughout the district just blocks away from the Democrats’ current hideaway that would likely carry such products.
Additionally, the request comes after former congressman and failed senatorial and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s organization Powered by the People raised $600,000 for the Democrats’ quorum-busting efforts.
The post was almost immediately widely derided on social media.
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi pointed out the items could be procured from the front desk of their hotel, adding, “The online reviews for the hotel restaurant recommend the crab cake sandwich with citrus aioli. Hope this helps.”
They can get this at the front desk of their luxury hotel. Also, the online reviews for the hotel restaurant recommend the crab cake sandwich with citrus aioli. Hope this helps. https://t.co/y9AQCWcrvf
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) July 25, 2021
Media personality Clay Travis joined in, saying, “They are grown adults in Washington, DC refusing to do their taxpayer funded jobs.”
The Democrats who abandoned Texas are asking for care package donations?! They are grown adults in Washington, DC refusing to do their taxpayer funded jobs. And they are surrounded by plenty of stores where they can buy whatever they want. Pathetic. https://t.co/muuV1jgALb
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 25, 2021
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out the request didn’t include Miller Lite, which the group has infamously been tied to since being photographed during their departure with a case of the beer.