Jahana Hayes still thinks Democrats single-handedly saved the economy

September 29, 2022

Jahana Hayes does not back down on her mind-boggling comments that “the Democrats single-handedly saved the economy.”

In fact, Hayes doubled down that the inflation-fuelling U.S. bailout “has stabilized the economy,” making the comments the same day the S&P hit a low for the year and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down. entered bearish territory.

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Joe Simonson

September 28, 2022


Amid historically high inflation and a market sell-off, Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes (Conn.) has no regrets about the way her party has governed for the past two years.

Hayes, who is in a hotly contested re-election race against Republican George Logan, has bragged about the success of the nearly $2 trillion US bailout widely credited with stoking inflation. In an extensive interview with Connecticut Public Radio on Tuesday, Hayes was pressed on whether the size of the bill — at nearly $2 trillion — was too big. Hayes responded with a question of her own: “Who would you leave behind?”

The bailout, Hayes said, “stabilized the economy.” On the same day Hayes made the comments, the S&P 500 hit a low for the year and the Dow Jones Industrial Average entered bearish territory.

Hayes’ interview reveals the struggle Democrats face when discussing the economy, an issue considered most important by voters in a myriad of surveys. But Hayes has also taken a different course than some other Democrats in refraining from attacking President Joe Biden or expressing doubts about the wisdom of his party’s unprecedented spending spree. Some Democrats in close races, like Cheri Beasley (D., NC) and Mandela Barnes (D., Wis.), have avoided appearing with Biden on the campaign trail. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D., NH) said if re-elected she will “continue to stand up to the Biden administration.”

Later in the interview, Hayes disputed that the US economy is in recession, despite traditional indicators saying otherwise. Instead, Hayes said, “in some areas [we] are back to pre-pandemic strength.

“In some areas, improvements are needed, but I think we should all be focused on the solution,” Hayes said in the interview before challenging the idea that the Democratic Party’s policies against COVID-19 were shutting down the economy. ‘economy. “Right now, I think the steps that are being taken are helping us with the fastest recovery we’ve ever seen.”

Hayes has remained loyal to her fellow Democrats, despite running in a D+2 race that is a major target for Republicans. During a meeting with teachers’ union leaders in May, Hayes said she was “incredibly blessed” and “incredibly privileged” to serve under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Those words were a reversal of Hayes’ stance in 2018, when she promised she would not support Pelosi’s latest bid for House leadership. Hayes ultimately declared a vote against Pelosi to be “a vote for Republicans.”

Hayes will face Logan in November. Outside Republican groups, such as the Congressional Leadership Fund, spend heavily on the race.

CLF released two TV ads last month, including one highlighting Logan’s parents’ trip from Guatemala to the United States. The other features a photo of Hayes with Pelosi and team members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.). Hayes appeared on the cover of rolling stone with Omar and Cortez in 2019.

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