It should come as no surprise that Walker is pegging the hypocrisy meter with his flailing.
WisDemocurmudgeon cites the example that Walker's whole "Come Back" campaign theme was lifted from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
Zach Wisniewski reminds us of the time that Walker tried to take credit for jobs created by Governor Jim Doyle.
But there are two more examples of Walker stealing others' ideas without giving credit.
Remember Walker's inane and laughable "brown bag" campaign stunt?
Yup, he lifted that one too:
The AP did some real journalism and found that Scott Walker's Brown Bag Movement isn't an original idea. In fact, Mr. Frugality spent some $336,000 dollars for these recycled bags:And when called out on it, Team Walker did what they are best at - they lied:
Both Walker and Voinovich's fundraising letters, signed by the candidates' wives and mailed in a brown bag, were devised by the same New Hampshire-based direct mail consulting firm, SCM Associates. Voinovich's brown bag letter, used in his first race for U.S. Senate in 1998, netted SCM an American Association of Political Consultants' Pollie Award that year for best campaign fundraiser.SCM isn't running from the fact that it came up with both campaigns. It even bragged about it on its Facebook page in a Feb. 26 posting: "Brown bag movement takes off in Wisconsin. Our client, Scott Walker, running for Governor starts a movement based on an SCM Associates mailing. But Walker is the real deal, he brown bags two ham and cheese sandwiches on wheat every day."
Staying true to their nature, Team Walker then tries to spin their way out of this by doing what they do best - lying:And even that wasn't the only example.
Walker campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader said the brown bag theme idea for Walker didn't come from SCM but was devised during a brainstorming session with campaign staff in Wisconsin. Bader said when the campaign discussed its ideas with direct mailer SCM, the firm mentioned it had done a similar ad for Voinovich.She said the campaign was looking for ways to express to voters how fiscally conservative Walker is and settled on the brown bag image."It touched people because it was incredibly genuine," she said. "Scott is the person who he says he is."
From the same article, I noted that Walker's theme of "I believe in Scott Walker" was lifted as well:
It tuns out that his "I believe in Scott Walker" meme was a remake of Mayor John Norquist's "I believe in Milwaukee" campaign:What makes this example even more outrageous is that the "real people" they used in it were paid actors.
In the wake of the new TV ad from Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, with a mantra of "I believe in Milwaukee," a longtime political observer notes the ad picks up a theme used in past local political campaigns, including the 2000 re-election campaign of then-Mayor John O. Norquist.That race, in which Norquist won a fourth term over downtown businessman George Watts, included a "We believe in Milwaukee" theme in TV ads and campaign literature.
But the fact that this ad was stolen shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. His campaign manager then was Tim Russell, who has a history of stealing - with Walker's blessing.
In summary, this whole plagiarism malarkey is another example of IOOKIARDI - It's Only OK If A Republican Does It.