Minutes later, he sought to quell the rumor mill, informing followers that Swift was not, in fact, in their midst. “Get back to work,” he wrote.
But Swift fever nevertheless was running high, particularly on a day with little major legislative business on hand. One amused senior staffer described watching a rush of orange-badged interns moving toward an apparent Swift sighting.
And a prankster appeared to be toying with the impressionable intern class, posting a message to a House staffers listserv inviting folks to a “Taylor Swift Reception” Tuesday night in the Rayburn Office Building. “All your interns are welcome!” it read.
The giveaway that the event was a phony? The room where it’s slated to be held doesn’t exist.