Who needs The Onion when you can find this report on the AP wire? (Hunter is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.)

Washington (AP) — California congressman Duncan Hunter looks like hemay be mulling a presidential run.

A party official says the San Diego-area Republican plans to announceMonday that he’s considering a bid in 2008.

Hunter is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee — aposition he would lose if Democrats take control of the House afterthe November 7th election.

Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper won’t comment on the congressman’s plans,except to say that he would be holding a press conference in San DiegoMonday morning about plans for 2008.

Hunter’s announcement comes as a surprise to leadership in theRepublican Party in Washington.

He has not been discussed as one of the many candidates considering apresidential bid, among them Senator John McCain of Arizona andMassachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.