An Oregon GOP Senate candidate is in full damage control mode after BuzzFeed published reports detailing examples of plagiarized material on the her website.
One report focused on Republican Monica Wehby’s economic plan, which appears to be plagiarized from several sources. According to BuzzFeed, one section is copied verbatim from Republican Senator Rob Portman’s plan — released a month before Wehby’s.
(Screenshots via BuzzFeed)
Portions of the plan were blatantly stolen from 2012 Congressional candidate Gary DeLong’s 2012 issues page and a 2013 survey from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.
BuzzFeed revealed that the good doctor stole her health care plan from Crossroads, as well.
Buzzfeed provided screenshots of both the Crossroads survey and of Wehby’s since-removed “fixes.”
“The suggestion that a pediatric neurosurgeon needs to copy a health care plan from American Crossroads is absurd,” a Wehby campaign spokesman initially told BuzzFeed. “Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry.”
The tune changed, however, after the report exposed the plagiarism in the candidate’s health care plan. At that point, Wehby
took personal responsibility blamed an ex-staffer before not-so-artfully attempting to dodge the question of whether or not the material was plagiarized.
“These aren’t proprietary ideas of one particular group,” Wehby told The Associated Press Wednesday evening. “This is what we all talk about. In every plan, you’ll see the same issues, and that’s why these are good plans. I don’t need some organization to tell me. I’ve been studying this Obamacare since before it passed.”
“The concepts and ideas are my concepts and ideas that I agree with,” Wehby said. “But as far as wording goes, I had no idea that the same wording had been used elsewhere until all this happened. So we took it down.”
However, Wehby introduced those plans and campaigned on them for months.
“Monica Wehby says that she is different, but she copied her tax plan from Mitt Romney, plagiarized her health care plan from Karl Rove, her economic plan from a slate of national Republicans and ripped the rest of her anti-middle class agenda straight from the oil billionaire Koch brothers,” said a campaign spokeswoman for Wehby’s Democratic rival Jeff Merkley.
“The Wehby campaign is simultaneously claiming Wehby is a health policy expert, but hadn’t read her own health care or economic plans until yesterday. That’s ridiculous. Monica Wehby bears full responsibility for the reckless anti-middle class agenda she’s spent this entire campaign advocating for.
This is her policy platform and it’s the reason she is running. In the end this is more proof that Wehby is in lockstep with national Republicans and their billionaire special interest allies, and will be a rubber stamp for their priorities in the Senate.”