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“Please pardon my typo,” said U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard’s press secretary, Steve Wymer. The Colorado senator’s office issued a press release announcing Allard’s bill to designate September 25 as “National First Responder Appreciation Day”, and the “typo” referred to this passage in the release: “First responders in Colorado have recently provided critical services in the face of blizzards and tornados. Since I don’t think first responders have really done anything significant in comparison to their counterparts who have dealt with real natural disasters, I have no idea what else to say here.” Wymer said he was “joking around” with office staff and sent out the wrong version of the release. (RC/Denver Rocky Mountain News) ...Hey, I meant to vote for Allard, but I dropped the wrong version of my ballot into the box.
Story Update: Sure enough, Allard (who Time magazine dubbed one of America’s 5 Worst Senators” the year before this story), didn’t bother running for re-election, and instead became a lobbyist.
Publication Date: 16 June 2007
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 13.
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