From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS NEWS:
The office of Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is blaming a technical error for the fact that comments attributed to Brown posted to his campaign website were lifted verbatim from former Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
“I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference,” Brown was quoted as saying on his site in comments that were removed earlier this week. “From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”
Dole, the former North Carolina Republican senator, used those exact words in kicking off her campaign in 2002.
I wonder if Bob Dole knows about this. This is on top of Nekkid
Liddy Scotty stupidly insulting Elizabeth Warren and pissing off a lot of women with a sexist remark. No worries, kids. Problems solved!!
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) says the accusations of plagiarism on his official Senate website were “getting a little silly” and blamed a summer intern for the mess, The Boston Globe reports.
“It was a summer intern that put together the site, we corrected it once we found out, and we’re working on trade agreements and jobs,” the senator said Thursday.…snip…
A spokesman for Brown told the Globe, which first reported the story late Wednesday, that the content in question was “inadvertently transferred without being rewritten,” adding that it was a “staff level oversight which we regret and is being corrected.”
Brown on Thursday said the intern who made the error had “very little time and resources to put things up.”…snip…
But Democrats are pushing back on Brown’s story, accusing the senator of being disingenuous by using a summer intern as the scapegoat, saying the senator was unlikely to have had any summer interns when his website was created.
Marcie Kinzel, a spokeswoman for Brown, told Reuters on Thursday that the senator’s website hasn’t been updated since around Feb. 2010 when her boss took office.
One Democratic source told POLITICO that this timeline clearly doesn’t match up with the senator’s claims, since February would have been “well before any ‘summer intern’ would have been onboard.”…snip…
Kevin Franck, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said it’s “hard to believe” that a summer intern would have been responsible for parts of the website that Brown’s office says was launched in February.
“After he bragged about seeing fake Osama bin Laden pictures and his campaign was caught running fake twitter accounts to anonymously attack Democrats, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between Scott Brown’s truth and Scott Brown’s fiction,” Franck told POLITICO.