Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Toomey Cashes In On City Paper Cover Image Complaint

Philadelphia City Paper got the idea this week to combine Sunday's Halloween with Tuesday's general election, putting on the cover of the latest issue an image of Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey as a zombie. It's fair to say the publication does not support the Republican's race for the U.S. Senate against U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak.

Toomey Cashes In On City Paper Cover Image Complaint

The offending City Paper cover
The offending City Paper cover Philadelphia City Paper

Philadelphia City Paper had the idea this week to combine Sunday's Halloween with Tuesday's general election, putting on the cover of the latest issue an image of Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey as a zombie.  It's fair to say the publication does not support the Republican's race for the U.S. Senate against U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak.

Toomey was so offended that he decided to send the image to everyone on his campaign e-mail list this morning.  Oh and he asked for money too -- $40,000 -- to combat this sort of thing.  Here's what the Toomey e-mail said:

"It's true that most folks wouldn't use this newspaper to line their pet's cage, but here in Southeast PA, it's on every street corner.There are 4 days to go until Election Day. Help us raise $40,000 today to combat these kind of attacks - front page attacks!"

PhillyClout went to City Paper's web site to fetch this link to their Toomey story.  Guess what we saw on the right side of the web site -- a Pat Toomey campaign ad.  Can't make this stuff up.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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