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Congressman mocks GOP with Craigslist ad for speaker

By Shawn Price
Congressman mocks GOP with Craigslist ad for speaker
Democratic congressman Mark Takano, D-Calif., not pictured, mocked the Republican scramble to fill the speaker of the House job being vacated by Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, by tweeting a phony Craigslist ad. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, abruptly withdrew from nomination Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Democratic congressman had fun on Thursday with the GOP's current battle over the speaker of the House job by posting a fake Craigslist ad.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., and his staff made up a phony Craigslist job ad for the speaker of the House position being vacated by Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and posted it on Takano's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The lawmaker's joke came about four hours after former White House senior advisor to President Obama, David Axelrod, tweeted Republicans should take out a Craigslist ad to solve the "mess."

"Are you an American citizen?" the listing read. "Do you have experience negotiating hostage situations? Are you ready for the challenge of a lifetime? Then this job is for you!"

Takano's staff took a screenshot of the preview of the ad on Craigslist, but didn't actually post it.

The phony ad came about after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. unexpectedly withdrew his name from consideration for the speaker job.

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