Feb 22, 2010

It’s Not the Plagiarism,

It’s the Lime-lighting

MADISON-News came in today’s paper that hard-right partisan Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s press shop was guilty of “first-degree plagiarism,” for its role last month in swiping content from press releases written by two other federal agencies. [Source: “News was so nice, Van Hollen saw it got out twice,” JS Online, 2/22/10]

Sure, plagiarism is bad, but what’s even worse are the lime-lighting instincts of Van Hollen, the former co-chair of the McCain-Palin campaign in Wisconsin who is seeking re-election.

“In law enforcement, nobody likes a ‘limelighter,’ but that hasn’t stopped J.B. Van Hollen, who I heard was responsible for the sunrise this morning,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate said Tuesday. “He’ll do whatever it takes to take credit and distract from the facts of his hard-right partisan administration.”

Van Hollen has employed discredited legal argument in his failure to defend the state in its domestic partner lawsuit and fulfilled one of his Republican promises by bringing a baseless lawsuit in the fall of 2008 designed to suppress turnout among eligible voters.

“Maybe Van Hollen can steal from this press release so voters know who he really is,” Tate said.