Democratic Senator Accused of Plagiarism

Montana's John Walsh lifted thesis material, says New York Times

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 23, 2014 5:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's bad news for Democrats in general and worse news for one Democrat in particular: The New York Times is out with a detailed report alleging plagiarism on the part of Montana Sen. John Walsh. It's not pretty: The report shows that about 25% of Walsh's 2007 master's thesis at the US Army War College was lifted—verbatim and without attribution— from other sources, in particular from a paper at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. That includes all six recommendations Walsh used to conclude the thesis. (The Times has an interactive breakdown here.)

When the newspaper asked him whether he plagiarized, the 53-year-old Walsh said, “I don’t believe I did, no.” He also said he "didn't do anything intentional." A spokesperson uses similar language, telling Politico, "This was unintentional and it was a mistake," adding that "areas that should have been cited differently but it was completely unintentional." Walsh got appointed to the seat in February to replace Democrat Max Baucus, now ambassador to China. Walsh, whose military background is a big part of his political persona, was running for a full term this year, and he was already trailing Republican Steve Daines before this news broke, reports the Washington Post. The chances of him catching Daines and keeping the seat for Democrats just got even steeper.

Sen. John Walsh, a Montana Democrat, speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont.
Sen. John Walsh, a Montana Democrat, speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont.   (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)
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