Monday, May 01, 2006


Took a little while but finally the Inky noticed:

Following the lead of the blogger Atrios, the Murphy people recently released their own research on Gerlach's record and found at least eight instances in which he claimed others' words and writings as his own on issues such as frivolous lawsuits, homeland security, protecting gun makers from lawsuits, and reauthorization of the Patriot Act.

Gerlach spokesman Mark Campbell said Gerlach's press releases were frequently the product of the Republican Conference, which has a staff whose full-time job is writing materials for members. The Democrats do the same, he said.

Murphy campaign spokesman Mark Nevins said Gerlach failed to meet his own standards of integrity, which call for full attribution of ideas and words. "There's no exception for it being written by the House Republican Conference," he said. "That's not the standard they set."