Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is very worried about winning reelection this year. So he thinks it’s a good idea to take on Dem opponent Katie McGinty’s Philly roots. Mistake.


Sen. Pat Toomey is terrified that, in this year of a likely anti-Trump wave, he’s going to lose his job. So now he’s decided to kick things into gear by tagging Katie McGinty, his Democratic opponent, with a label meant to remind the voters in rural Pennsylvania of her Philadelphia roots. He’s now referring to her as #PhillyMcGinty.

In case you didn’t know, saying “Philadelphia” with a certain sneer is commonly used by my state’s Republican elected officials as shorthand for moochers and takers and welfare queens and other bigoted Republican tropes — even though Philadelphia is the actual economic engine of the state and returns more tax money to the state than it takes. (They also call it the “black hole of Philadelphia,” in case “Philadelphia” was too subtle for you.)

Now might be a good time for me to remind Pennsylvanians that Toomey is guilty of a rather significant sin: He’s not even from here. He’s from Providence, Rhode Island. He probably doesn’t even like the Iggles, or the Steelers. For all we know, he’s a Patriots fan! So there’s that.

And here in Pennsylvania, he lives in a small village of 3,000. (I think that many people live within spitting distance of my house.) Maybe he hates big cities? Whatever his reason, Philadelphians aren’t happy about it:

But this might be my favorite Tweetstorm ever:

I can’t disagree with anything she said. All Pat Toomey and his staff of Tea Partiers did was remind the million or so registered voters who live here to get out and vote.

You know, for the girl from Philly.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)