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Rick Santorum does not like New York City, but you know what really gets him mad? When someone submits an article to the New Yorker and does…

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Rick Santorum does not like New York City, but you know what really gets him mad? When someone submits an article to the New Yorker and doesn’t hear back.

New Yorker blog “Back Issues” dug into its archives today and found the following in a 1992 “Talk of the Town” piece:

The other day, the phone rang and a voice that sounded distinctly like a voice of the people asked, “Is this The New Yorker?”

“Yes, it is,” we said.

“This is Rick Santorum’s office,” the voice said. “Congressman Rick Santorum, of the Eighteenth Congressional District, in suburban Pittsburgh. One of our constituents asked that we look into the whereabouts of a manuscript he sent you, in good faith, for your perusal. He hasn’t heard from you in some time, and would like to have his manuscript returned to him now, please.”

The piece’s author concluded it was “the first time in our history, perhaps in all literary history” that a U.S. government official helped out “an anxious author — a member of a downtrodden minority, if ever there was one.”

See also “Rick Santorum Quotes as New Yorker Cartoons” at BuzzFeed.

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