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Friday, April 2, 2010

April Fools Joke Was So Believable That It Worked

Peterson for governor? No, just an April Fool’s joke

Lock Haven Express

TITUSVILLE - April Fool's jokes struck a local cord on Thursday, with former U.S. Rep. John Peterson apparently faking a press release announcing his intention to run for Pennsylvania governor.

In a press release issued yesterday, Peterson said he would run for governor as an independent and he would launch his campaign today with a 10-day bus tour through Pennsylvania.

The ruse was aided by the political Web site, grassrootspa.com, which posted a banner-headline link to the fake press release.

Peterson even started a Twitter feed for his supposed campaign. It was so believable that a local media outlet also had a news report this morning on the supposed gubernatorial campaign.

The joke was spotted when the press contact for Peterson's campaign was listed as "Sloof Lirpa," or "April Fool's" spelled backwards.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Knowing now that Peterson was behind it, we would most certainly NOT support him should he ever really decide to run!
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