Fox & Friends may be the safest place on television for a Republican politician—particularly one photographed grinning widely behind Donald Trump in the Rose Garden—but Paul Ryan learned the hard way that, even on Fox, not everyone is glad to see him. Ryan was asked by the show's hosts during a Tuesday appearance to stick around for a subsequent cooking segment with celebrity chef Sandra Lee, only for Lee to ban him from her kitchen, as reported by Page Six
Lee, a Democrat and the longtime girlfriend of Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, was reportedly not happy with Ryan being anywhere near her on the set.
When Lee saw Ryan standing nearby, she reportedly told him, " 'I need you to go away so I can collect my thoughts, prepare, and get ready for the segment.' " Ryan, based on televised evidence, apparently complied.
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Lee, purveyor of "semi-homemade" foods and elaborately crafted tablescapes, usually stays out of the political fray despite the high-powered associations of her personal life. But her partner, Cuomo, has also clashed with Ryan recently; in March, Cuomo released a statement on his Web site rejecting the GOP's health-care plans and its affects on New York's Medicaid program.
"Congressman Paul Ryan and the radical conservatives are having their way," the statement said. "Congressman Ryan brags about 'cutting entitlements by billions of dollars.' That is precisely what he is trying to do to New York's Medicaid program . . . The cut is so severe that the majority of hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities located in Upstate New York and on Long Island would be devastated."
Could the power of Lee's Mother's Day menu—featuring coffee cake, chocolate cupcakes, and chocolate-covered bacon—have persuaded Ryan to see the light? The world will never know.
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