Burke says she will cite when necessary
Candidate criticized over campaign wording
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she will cite any material that needs to be cited amid accusations that she plagiarized others when putting together her jobs plan and other initiatives.
A spokesman for Democrat Mary Burke said no changes will be made to her campaign proposals.
Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said Thursday that where cites are appropriate, they have been made.
Sections of Burke’s jobs plan were identical to proposals put forward by four other Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Burke blamed a consultant who she says provided the identical material to all the candidates.
Republicans have accused her of plagiarism.
Zepecki said Burke addressed that situation by cutting ties with the consultant and she stands by her plan.
Burke said Thursday that she defines plagiarism as using “exact words from a source that isn’t cited and isn’t attributable.” She said all of the duplicate sections in her jobs plan came from a consultant who provided the same material to four other Democratic gubernatorial candidates, and that’s why it’s not plagiarism.
The Republican Governors Association launched a television ad earlier this week attacking Burke on the issue, saying she stole from other plans.
Burke said any wording that didn’t come directly from the consultant that should be cited in any of her plans will be cited.