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April Fool It, Sen. Toomey!

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., and the Pennsylvania political community got a healthy dose of April Fools’ Day this morning.

“Some of you may know, I am seriously considering running for Governor of this Commonwealth,” Toomey was quoted as saying on the PoliticsPA blog. “I’m thinking of doing this because I believe that I can bring about the kind of reforms that can help get Pennsylvania growing again and restore the confidence of the people of Pennsylvania in the integrity of its government.”

Sy Snyder, a pseudonym for the editors of PolitcsPA, wrote that Toomey made this claim on Saturday and buoyed the joke by using a 2009 clip where Toomey actually mentioned he was considering a gubernatorial run.

Spoiler alert: Toomey did not make this announcement last weekend. Toomey’s office apparently had a busy morning slapping down media inquiries about the senator’s fake big plans. Toomey’s spokeswoman confirmed that the post was a joke and told Roll Call that the senator’s office wasn’t aware that the prank was in the works.

Shira Topelitz contributed to this post.


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