Scott Brown Confesses Unintentional Plagiarism
Sen. Scott Brown admits to plagiarism in the Massachusetts Republican's official Web site autobiography, explaining that it was the result of a technical error.
Brown uses the precise wording delivered in a 2002 campaign kickoff speech by Elizabeth Dole on his Senate Web site, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, The Boston Globe reported.
Before Brown’s message was removed Thursday it read: "I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference."
"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."
With the exception of Dole's first sentence, "I am Mary and John Hanford's daughter," Brown's words were an exact match, according to the Globe.
John Donnelly, Brown’s spokesman admitted the message was taken directly from Dole and Brown was given credit by mistake.
"Senator Dole's Web site served as one of the models for Senator Brown's Web site when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten,'" Donnelly said, UPI reports. "It was a staff-level oversight which we regret and is being corrected."
However, there are those who still remain skeptical.
"This kind of plagiarism makes me wonder how many things about Scott Brown are really genuine," said Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century, the Globe reports.