Presented without comment, here is the report from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Replying to a Chester County constituent's email regarding Middle East tensions, [U.S. Representative Joe] Pitts (R-Pa.) wrote on April 20 that "it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat" to hunker down at the negotiating table.
Problem is, Arafat died in 2004. And Sharon, no longer Israel's leader, has lain in a coma-like state since a massive stroke in 2006.
Pitts, whose district stretches from western Chester County into Lancaster and Berks Counties, was belatedly answering an email sent to his office the previous April objecting to House Resolution 268, which, among other things, opposed any attempt to seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside a negotiated agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
A Pitts spokesman said an outdated form letter was sent by accident. Hi-jinks ensued.
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