Bush Aide Resigns Over Plagiarism

Point person on faith-based initiatives stole for his columns
By Erin Mendell,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2008 2:21 PM CST
Tim Goeglein in his office at the Executive Office Building in 2004. Photo by Carl T Powers of the New York Times.   (New York Times)
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(Newser) – A White House aide who helped establish President Bush’s faith-based community initiative resigned yesterday after admitting he plagiarized portions of columns he submitted to an Indiana newspaper, the Indianaopolis Star reports. The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne found that 20 columns by Tim Goeglein, who had served in the White House Office of Public Liaison since 2001, had portions lifted from other sources.    

The paper uncovered the plagiarism after a blogger noted similarities between one of the columns and an essay in the Dartmouth Review, a student publication. Goeglein, who played a key roll in the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, and Samuel Alito, apologized. "I pray you will forgive me," he wrote to the author of the Dartmouth Review essay.