Friday, May 29, 2015

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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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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