Whose line is it anyway? New accusations accuse Mary Burke of using the words of others as her own

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MADISON (WITI) -- Whose line is it anyway? Republicans say that's a serious question for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke to answer about the author of her campaign plans. The Burke campaign says accusations of plagiarism are part of a political "silly season."

A week after the website "BuzzFeed" uncovered sections of Burke's "jobs plan" were plagiarized from other Democratic candidates, there are more accusations that Mary Burke may have stolen the words of others and passed them off as her own -- in her plans on rural communities, and on veterans issues.

"We've seen now multiple things. Another example from a Utah campaign, two other examples from two other plans. I think you start to see a pattern that raises some serious questions about not just her campaign, but how she'd perform in this office," Governor Scott Walker said.

Burke's campaign issued a statement, saying: "The allegations are false. The only explanation for so transparently ignoring reality is that Walker's team is in panic mode over the fact that Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs in August." 

Burke's campaign release an ad on Tuesday -- hammering that point.

Meanwhile, Governor Walker was touring a Racine manufacturer on Tuesday -- touting his record of economic reforms.

"The bigger indicator is unemployment is down 5.6 percent," Governor Walker said.

The Republican Governors Association on Tuesday launched a new ad hitting Burke on the plagiarism accusations.

Marquette university professor John McAdams says there are two critiques of the so-called plagiarism situation: one is superficial, and the other is serious.

"Sometimes superficial things that can be in the headlines can be important -- especially with low-information voters," McAdams said.

7 comments

  • maroon vee

    Mary Mary, quite contrary
    How has your platform grown?
    With stolen signs and pilfered lines,
    And pretty text not all your own.

  • maroon vee

    “I don’t think it should be any surprise that we are drawing on best practices and ideas that have worked elsewhere,” Burke said.

    Wasn’t much of this material lifted from losing campaigns? According to the Buzzfeed article, Schnurer cribbed material from Ward Cammack, Tennessee Governor 2009, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Governor, 2009, John Gregg, Indiana Governor, 2012, who all lost their campaigns. He also lifted from Markell of Delware in 2008, who won. And he boosted material from a White House press report AND a “Harvard” report.

    Sure wish we had a real reporter somewhere who would follow up and ask where and when any of these policies have worked, and why they would work in Wisconsin

  • maroon vee

    The criticism that matters and should stick to our Miss Burke is that, to quote Walker here: ” This isn’t just a campaign flier,” he said. “This was a document that she told all of you in the press and the voters of this state was the centerpiece of her campaign. In fact, she not only mentioned that but she made a big deal to point out that this was because of her Harvard Business School experience that she had the expertise to put a plan like this together”. That it turns out to be meaningless talking points stitched together by a campaign consultant discredits what a few weeks ago she said was one of her main claims to be better than the incumbent.

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