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07-24-2014, 03:36 AM #1
Dem Senator plagiarized master’s thesis, report says
Senator plagiarized master’s thesis, report says
July 23, 2014, 4:28 PM ET
Sen. John Walsh
A New York Times report out Wednesday says Montana Sen. John Walsh plagiarized “at least a quarter” of his 2007 master’s degree thesis for the U.S. Army War College– a revelation that could seriously imperil the Democrat’s fall campaign bid.
Walsh was appointed senator in February 2014 to replace Max Baucus, another Democrat who left to be ambassador to China. The most recent Rothenberg Political Report ranking for the Montana Senate race is “toss-up/tilt Republican.”
That assessment may change in the wake of the report by the Times.
The senator told the Times “I didn’t do anything intentional here” and said he doesn’t believe he plagiarized.
Here’s more from the Times:
Mr. Walsh copies an entire page nearly word-for-word from a Harvard paper, and each of his six conclusions is copied from a document from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace without attribution.Republicans pounced on the report and at least one analyst said Democrats’ chances of holding the Montana Senate seat just went from “close to zero to zero.”
Brad Dayspring @BDayspring
Cheaters never win: Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own, Questions of PlagiarismNehttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share … #mtsen
2:36 PM - 23 Jul 2014 Virginia, USA, United States
Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism
An examination of the final paper required for Senator John Walsh’s master’s degree from the Army War College indicates he appropriated at least a quarter of it from other authors’ works, with no...
The New York Times @nytimes
Alan Abramowitz @AlanIAbramowitz
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3:00 PM - 23 Jul 2014
08-07-2014, 07:37 PM #2
See Ya! Walsh Drops Out Of Montana Senate Race
Matt Vespa |
Aug 07, 2014
After a plagiarism scandal significantly damaged his re-election ambitions, Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh decided to call it quits earlier this afternoon (via Billings Gazette):
“I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator,” Walsh said in a statement to supporters. “You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.”The Montana Democratic Party now will choose a replacement for Walsh to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, along with Republican Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian Roger Roots.
The party has to select a new Senate candidate at a nominating convention by Aug. 20. About 175 delegates, including statewide and federal elected officials, county party committee leaders and the party executive board members, will pick the nominee.
Walsh was driving from Helena to Billings to personally tell his staff of his decision before it was publicly released.
Speculations that he would drop out of the race only intensified when he decided to cancel a fundraiser and a “Women for Walsh” event earlier this week. There was also a Vox Populi poll, which showed 63 percent of Montana residents were less likely to vote for him due to the plagiarism allegations. Oh, and his references to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which he said he had when he wrote the paper in question at the U.S. Army War College angered veterans.
So, now begins the process of replacing Mr. Walsh. The Washington Post listed three possible candidates, with the chance that former Governor Brian Schweitzer could throw his hat into the ring:
John Bohlinger. Bohlinger was lieutenant governor of the state under Gov. Brian Schweitzer -- and was a Republican at the time. When Baucus left his seat, Bohlinger ran in the primary to replace him, losing to Walsh in June by more than 40 points.If Schweitzer decides to run, this could be a more competitive race–and one Republicans could lose. Schweitzer dominated his 2008 re-election bid, nabbing65 percent of the vote. He also enjoyed a 60 percent approval rating one year before his second and final term ended.
Nancy Keenan. Keenan is the former superintendent of public instruction in the state and former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion access advocacy group. She spoke at both the 2008 and 2012 Democratic presidential conventions.
David Wanzenried. Wanzenreid currently sits in the state Senate, representing the area around Missoula.
There's another name, too, that appears above: Schweitzer. The former governor had reportedly been considering a run for the presidency in 2016, until an article in the National Journal included some colorful quotes from Schweitzer about his views on identifying homosexual people. A Senate bid, which he had previously turned down, might now look more appealing for Schweitzer.
Although, given his recent remarks, we shall see where that number stands if he decides to run.
UPDATE: It looks like Schweitzer might be staying true to his word from the beginning of this race and won't run.
The "baggage" National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring is referring to revolves around a political nonprofit, which had ties to two of then-Gov. Schweitzer's appointees. They shared the same address as the governor's campaign address and received contributions from a group with ties to Schweitzer( via Associated Press):
A politically active nonprofit group tied to two appointees of former Gov. Brian Schweitzer shared the governor's campaign address and received contributions from an organization that Schweitzer was involved in, even as the governor was bashing other such nonprofits for hiding from state disclosure laws.The same post office box address is listed on Schweitzer's website as he considers a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. If he gets in the race, Schweitzer would be considered the Democrats' best chance of keeping the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Max Baucus.FLASHBACK: National Democrats knew there was "too much ammunition" to use against Schweitzer back in July of 2013 (via Politico):
The group, called the Council for a Sustainable America, shut down in early 2010 and transferred $306,669 to a Washington, D.C.-based organization called the American Sustainability Project at about the same time as backlash increased in Montana against politically active groups registering as nonprofits with the Internal Revenue Service.
Schweitzer roiled the Senate landscape when he told the Associated Press Saturday that he wants to stay in Montana rather than move to Washington, D.C. But his potential candidacy was also raising red flags within the party: After weeks of courting the 57-year-old Schweitzer, Democratic leaders reversed course in recent days.Scrutinizing Schweitzer’s past, they concluded there was too much ammunition for Republicans to use against him in the campaign to replace the retiring veteran Democrat Max Baucus, according to a source familiar with the thinking of those leaders.
Schweitzer had been hit with a series of damaging stories about his ties to “secret money” and a nonprofit group run by former aides. But sources said the laundry list of opposition research went much deeper — and could have crippled a Schweitzer campaign for Senate. Moreover, there was fear that Schweitzer’s penchant for off-the-cuff remarks would hurt his ability to respond effectively to the barrage of GOP attacks.
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