Dallas Dems send care packages with Dr Pepper and salsa to coward Texas lawmakers who fled to D.C.

Democrats have long championed the welfare state, so is it any surprise that they are requesting handouts for the Texas delegation that fled to D.C. to stall GOP-sponsored voting-reform legislation?

In what looks like a parody but apparently is real, the official Twitter account of the Dallas County Democratic Party is requesting personal care products and snack items for the 50-or-so state legislators who — to much media fanfare and hoopla — abandoned their work stations.

“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!,” the Dallas Democrats wrote on Twitter.

The Texas politicians seem to be operating, however, like they are engaged in some kind of hero’s journey to uncharted territory (or like pre-teens at sleepaway camp, as one Twitter user quipped) rather than just attending meetings, going on TV, and hanging out at upscale hotels (that usually supply toiletries) in the nation’s capital.

Wastefully shipping these care-package items, rather than buying or ordering them locally, also makes little sense.

Texas state reps reportedly only earn about $7,200 a year (plus a daily stipend when the legislature is in session), which is unusually low as compared to many other jurisdictions. Most, if not all of them, likely have a high-paying primary job, however, which also perhaps underscores the concept of a citizen legislature. And, in general, status as an elected official doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting other gigs.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan has demanded that the Democrats who fled the state forgo their daily pay.

In the meantime, the voting integrity bill has passed the Texas senate, but an absence of a quorum caused by the fleeing Democrats has stalled it in the lower chamber.

Washington, D.C. is a city with many low-income residents who could use some help, however. With that generally in mind, Twitter users are roasting the Democrats’ care-package request and metaphorically saying return to sender. Here is a sampling:

“The Texas Democrats plan to stay in Washington, D.C…until at least August 7, when they are no longer in danger of being pulled into a special legislative session. The trip has, so far, reportedly cost a shocking $1.5 million, though the legislators insist that that money is coming out of campaign funds and from supporters who are anxious to see their effort succeed,” The Daily Wire reported.


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