California Sen. Jim Nielsen

California Sen. Jim Nielsen

Where’s the beef?

It’s in California as a literal food fight is breaking out over the In-N-Out Burger chain concerning contributions it made to the state Republican Party.

With news reports indicating the burger joint donated $25,000 to the GOP, there have been calls for a boycott.

That lit a fire among some Republicans at the California Capitol on Thursday, who made a purchase of at least 50 french fries and a dozen burgers.

Part of the large order of burgers and fries at the office of California Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, on Aug. 30, 2018

Part of the large order of burgers and fries at the office of California Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, on Aug. 30, 2018

“There’s no burger boycott here!” Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, Calif., told WND.

“Never has a hamburger tasted so good than this In-N-Out burger here today in California.”

A staffer in Nielsen’s office said: “The office smells like In-N-Out. There are 50 people coming up and asking is there any In-N-Out left and they’re still coming in the door. We’re making the Capitol smell like In-N-Out and everyone’s loving it.”

California Sen. Jim Nielsen shows off a large order of burgers and fries from In-N-Out Burger on Aug. 30, 2018

California Sen. Jim Nielsen shows off a large order of burgers and fries from In-N-Out Burger on Aug. 30, 2018

It was Eric Bauman, chairman of the California Democratic Party who sounded the call for a boycott after the donations were revealed, as he tweeted:

“Et tu In-N-Out?”

“Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party… it’s time to #BoycottInNOut β€” let Trump and his cronies support these creeps… perhaps animal style!”

Arnie Wensinger, executive vice president of In-N-Out Burger, released a statement indicating the company has donated to both Democrats and Republicans:

In 2018, In-N-Out Burger has made equal contributions to both Democratic and Republican Political Action Committees in the State of California. For years, In-N-Out Burger has supported lawmakers who, regardless of political affiliation, promote policies that strengthen California and allow us to continue operating with the values of providing strong pay and great benefits for our Associates.

It is actually far more important to In-N-Out and our Foundations to support our communities by contributing millions of dollars to hundreds of organizations in California to prevent child abuse, human trafficking and substance addiction.

We have been fortunate to do business in this great state for almost 70 years. While it is unfortunate that our contributions to support both political parties in California has caused concern with some groups, we believe that bipartisan support is a fair and consistent approach that best serves the interests of our company and all of our Customers.

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