Interestingly, the American Political Science Association seea this so-called self-plagiarism as no big deal:
The American Political Science Association (APSA) published a code of ethics that describes plagiarism as "...deliberate appropriation of the works of others represented as one's own." It does not make any reference to self-plagiarism. It does say that when a thesis or dissertation is published "in whole or in part", the author is "not ordinarily under an ethical obligation to acknowledge its origins."The worst that Burke could be accused of is hiring a lazy consultant who didn't rephrase his own work for her campaign. Questions regarding some of Burke's hires have been raised before.
Regardless, the Burke campaign chose to end their relationship with Schnurer.
The reaction from Scott Walker and his Teapublican allies have been mind-boggling in their falseness and hypocrisy.
State Senators Luther Olsen, Alberta Darling and Leah Vukmir have called for Burke to drop out of the gubernatorial race because of these faux accusations.
That certainly takes some gall, considering that a bulk of the legislation that they "drafted" and passed came directly from ALEC, verbatim. That fact is why Vukmir fought tooth and nail to stop a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from proceeding.
And if the source of many of the bills they "wrote" wasn't originally written by ALEC, it was written by big money special interests, like Gogebic Taconite or Chris Abele.
As mind-boggling as the hypocrisy of these state senators is, the hypocrisy that comes out of Scott Walker's mouth is utterly breathtaking in its audacity (emphasis mine):
During a campaign stop in West Bend, Walker indicated Burke had not gone far enough in dealing with the controversy over the copied passages.Really?! I mean, really?!
Asked if Burke should pull out of the race, Walker said, "She should ultimately fess up to what actually happened with that plan."
"People expect a leader that's going to take responsibility for their actions," he added. "Most people look at this and question, either you didn't know what was in the plan, or you did and you hoped that people wouldn't find out that it came from somewhere else."
Would someone please remind me when Walker dealt with the controversy of Walkergate? When he "fessed up" to what actually happened in the county executive's office? Or the governor's office?
I'm sure glad that none of us were holding our breaths for him to come clean on that. After all, the million plus dollars he spent on legal fees was just for compliance reasons, right?
I need to also point out that this is coming from the same man that claimed that he didn't know what was going on a mere 20 feet from his own desk while Milwaukee County executive, even though his name is all over the emails, both as a recipient and a sender.
People might call me a radical for this, but I think the fact that Walker and his allies stole our democracy and our rights are much more serious concerns than some schmuck too lazy to paraphrase his own work.