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Arizona politicos #starttheirownrumors

On the afternoon before sine die, House Speaker Kirk Adams decided to fire back at the political railbirds who have been speculating about a potential congressional run for the Mesa Republican.

But instead of standing behind a podium and denying the rumors once again, Adams decided to have a little fun on Twitter. He started a Twitter hashtag for facetious buzz, aptly tagged #startyourownrumor.

“I simply wanted to make an editorial comment about the Capitol rumor mill,” Adams told the Yellow Sheet Report April 20. “I find it particularly humorous when I find out I’m going to be some place or flying somewhere, when it’s news to me.”

Adams kicked it off with a few fake rumors of his own, and soon enough, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters and members of the public were playing along, lobbing 140-character quips, fibs and jabs at each other.

Throughout the day, the joke turned into self-deprecating comic relief — generally poking fun at politics in Arizona – that helped pass the long hours on the last day of the session.

Here’s a very abbreviated sample of the #startyourownrumor tweet stream.

(Click here to see the entire list of #startyourownrumor tweets)

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
In an ode to capital rumors I introduce #startyourownrumor Day. Feel free to play along….
April 19, 12:40 p.m.

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
Sine Die Today: Flying to NYC to meet with “The Donald”. Talking birther bill? No. Hairstyles.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 12:45 p.m.

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
Sine Die today: Hilary Clinton and I flying to Tripoli. Peace talks. Can I get one of those cool hats Gaddafi wears? #startyourownrumor
April 19, 12:49 p.m.

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
Rumor is I’m running for congress. Wrong. Running for gov of Baja Arizona. JaNae and I heading south after sine die. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:04 p.m.

@brahmresnik BrahmResnik
Is @KirkAdams‘ unchained #startyourownrumor riff the best evidence that today’s Sine Die might be his farewell to House?
April 19, 1:04 p.m.

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
Longtime Capital reporter Howie Fischer lost his voice and is now speechless…no, that one can’t be true… #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:13 p.m.

@PaulDBoyer Paul Boyer
Congressman Pastor to rename I-10 “Ed Pastor highway” since that’s the only thing in CD4 not named after him #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:49 p.m.

@aarbaer Aaron Baer
@paulboyer Is leaving the house to go on NBC’s The Bachelorette #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:49 p.m.

@amattclarkson Anson Clarkson
In honor of Sine Die, Doug Quelland and Sen. Ron Gould met on the Capitol lawn for the fabled Showdown of the Mustaches. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:51 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Vogt admits that he really does not need glasses only wears them for style. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:54 p.m.

@aarbaer Aaron Baer
Speed readers who read bills in the House & Senate have been actually been reading Harry Potter books aloud all session #startyourownrumor
April 19, 1:55 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Rep. Mesnard discovered to be double dipping still pulling salary as a page and staterep.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 2:00 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Rep Dial and Chief Page Chris Balmos admit they are twins separated at birth. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 2:03 p.m.

@amattclarkson Anson Clarkson
@kyrstensinema reveals that every night before she falls asleep, she reads John Galt’s speech in Atlas Shrugged. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 2:15 p.m.

@amattclarkson Anson Clarkson
Rep. Jack Harper forced to pull out his side arm on a protester, only to reveal it’s been a water gun the whole time. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 2:32 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Rep. Gallego switches parties out of frustration. Amendments still fail. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:00 p.m.

@boaz_az Boaz Witbeck
Bill that would make Nerf Max D 6000 Supersoaker the official Arizona watergun passes House & still needs vote in Senate #startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:14 p.m.

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
Just in: @repcampbell takes lead in @azcapitoltimes Best Hair category. @danielpatterson calls for division. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:15 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Tunnel between Senate and House discovered to be smuggling Tunnel to Canada. Senator Pearce does not care. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:26 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
@jackwharper calls division when family arguments arise at home. Family out votes him too.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:31 p.m.

@Trollazona Trollazona!
Time Machine coming to take Sylvia Allen back to 1870 should be arriving within the next couple of days.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:36 p.m.

@StacyHolmstedt Stacy Holmstedt
Human-animal hybrids descend upon #AzLeg to protest being outlawed last year. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:43 p.m.

@barrettmarson barrett marson
Howie Fischer and @dschapira secretly eating levened bread in tunnel between House and Senate.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:45 p.m.

@StacyHolmstedt Stacy Holmstedt
Muammar Gaddafi runs for President in 2012, bolstered by lack of Arizona law to keep him off ballot. Calls it a “mandate” #startyourownrumor
April 19, 3:48 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Sen. Gould is redistricted. His Mustache will be in a different district than him. Its registered DEM.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 4:04 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
Rep.Farley was the real life model for “Wheres Waldo” #startyourownrumor
April 19, 4:25 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
House and Senate Pages run illegal Raves in Basement. Senator Steve Smith is the DJ. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 4:37 p.m.

@RubenGallego Ruben Gallego
@RepCampbell, Pratt, Tobin, Fillmore start Hair Caucus for men.They arent just caucus members they are
constituents. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 4:46 p.m.

@aliarau Alia Rau
Sen. Ron Gould creates a Yosemite Sam license plate for AZ. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 5:31 p.m.

@kyrstensinema Kyrsten Sinema
Frank Antenori admits to drinking tiger’s blood in attempt to #win his 66 bills this session.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 5:32 p.m.

@barrettmarson barrett marson
@KirkAdams started drinking game. Everytime R Pearce says, “I appreciate that,” everyone takes a shot.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 5:57 p.m.

@RepublicSW David Madrid
Tohono O’odham Nation to build casino at 1800 W. Washington #startyourownrumor
April 19, 5:58 p.m.

@pgentala Peter Gentala
Leg. Council’s bill drafting manual to include new section for adding a “license plate clause” to bills. #startyourownrumor
April 19, 6:06 p.m.

@CWALocal7055 ASEA-CWA Local7055
Senate passes bill to extend waiting period before dating scott bundgaard #startyourownrumor
April 19, 7:51 p.m.

@JackieThrasher Jackie Thrasher
Former State Rep Jackie Thrasher announces run for Kyls’s seat, will change name to Barb Stump.
#startyourownrumor
April 19, 9:05 p.m.

@Veekas Veekas Shrivastava
@SenatorRonGould turns in paper, “A History of Mustaches”. Teacher gives him F, commenting that it’s “poorly written” #startyourownrumor
April 19, 9:46 p.m.

@katiehobbs Katie Hobbs
The House has been on recess for a really long time. Is @KirkAdams passed out? Or on a plane?
#startyourownrumor
April 20, 12:45 a.m.

@stevecalabrese Steve Calabrese
@KirkAdams adjourned AZ Leg early so he could fulfill committment to ABC’s Dancing With the Stars
#startyourownrumor
April 20, 7:09 a.m.

@KirkAdams KirkAdams
And hat tip to @rubengallego, for most prolific tweeter on #startyourownrumor Day. Btw, wonder what the weathers like today in D.C?
April 20, 4:54 p.m.

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