A plagiarist is one who steals and uses another’s ideas or words as one’s own. Plagiarism is the writing or other matter that is stolen and used.
Mary Burke plagiarized one-fifth of her jobs plan in her campaign for Wisconsin governor, including material from the study, “Manufacturing’s Secret Shift”, copyrighted by Accenture Consulting in 2011. She stole major sections of her plan from other Democratic candidates.
She has dodged responsibility for this by blaming her campaign consultants. But, she said, “My jobs plan is based on my business experience at Trek Bicycle, and as an entrepreneur.” A lie on top of her plagiarism.
She has plagiarized major sections of the following plans: “Invest for Success” Jobs Plan, word for word from Democratic sources; “Invest in our Rural Communities” plan, copied from a 2003 report from the Council of State Governments; and “Plan for Wisconsin Veterans,” copied from 2013 Dunn County News.
Burke has attacked Governor Walker’s plan to continue his great track record, and has made her plagiarized documents the centerpiece of her campaign. Through all of this, we now clearly see a disturbing pattern of behavior emerge: Her plagiarism speaks volumes of her character, and she takes no responsibility for her actions after her plagiarism has been fully documented.
So here are key questions that come from Burke’s plagiarism: How can we trust her? What exactly are her own ideas? How can she convince voters that her plans for jobs are legitimate? She has refused to make any promises, has flip-flopped on the issues, and has refused to disclose specifics, n fact, voters have no idea who Mary Burke is, how she would govern, and what policies she would implement.
All of this incompetence and dishonesty of Burke demands one important mandate: All Republicans must vote for Walker on Nov. 4.