Rhode Island’s DNC roll call for Biden prominently features plate of calamari

The Democratic National Convention’s roll call has never been this appetizing.

Rhode Island State Rep. Joseph McNamara cast the state’s votes to officially nominate Joe Biden as the party’s presidential pick Tuesday while standing next to a giant plate of fried calamari.

“The calamari comeback state of Rhode Island casts one vote for Bernie Sanders and 34 votes for the next president, Joe Biden,” McNamara said.

The state’s Democratic Party chairman delivered his votes while standing along the shoreline next to John Bordieri, executive chef of Iggy’s Boardwalk —  a staple seafood joint in Warwick — who stoically held the squid dish for viewers at home while wearing a black facemask and black chef’s coat and cap.

Most Democratic delegates chose to deliver their votes for the virtual convention from iconic state landmarks for what was dubbed the “Roll Call Across America,” but Rhode Island opted to instead feature its finest fried fare.

McNamara has long been a booster of Rhode Island calamari and even passed legislation to make it the state’s “official appetizer” in 2014.

He used the dish Tuesday to promote the resilience of the state and its fishing industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Rhode Island, the ocean state, where our restaurant and fishing industry have been decimated by this pandemic, are lucky to have a governor, Gina Raimondo, who’s program lets our fishermen sell their catches directly to the public and our state appetizer, calamari, is available in all 50 states,” McNamara said in his opening line.

Rhode Island instantly began trending on Twitter as puzzled Americans chimed in.

“OMG Rhode Island calamari just won the whole election,” Alex Wagner tweeted.

“Rhode Island turning their vote into an ad for calamari was the best part of the roll call so far,” Gabe Fleisher added.

Steven Stashwick joked that, “So far Rhode Island’s use of its DNC state roll call primarily as an opportunity to hawk calamari is the most on-brand of all the states and territories.”

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