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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. (Denver Rocky Mountain News) ...Hey, I meant to vote for Allard, but I dropped the wrong version of my ballot into the box.

Publication Date: 16 June 2007

This story is in True's book collection, Volume 13.

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.