TNGOP Chairman: Tennessee’s copy-and-paste liberal should do a service to Tennesseans and leave the race
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—When you run as a fraud, eventually it catches up to you. Today, it caught up with Gordon Ball’s campaign and the Tennessee Republican Party’s chairman is calling for Ball’s immediate withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race.
The Democrat U.S. Senate candidate’s campaign has been rocked by the discovery of multiple counts of plagiarism in a Buzzfeed news article released today. Significant portions of Gordon Ball’s website were plagiarized from other high-profile liberals across the country, according to the report.
From the article:
Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Gordon Ball appears to have plagiarized nearly every word on his issues pages from a vast array of politicians including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Ball has likewise used much of the plagiarized text in an interview.
Ball told BuzzFeed News that he agrees “with these views and approved the content.”
The Senate candidate added, however, he was unaware the text had been take from a number of different sources word-for-word.
“I had no idea that this material was cut and pasted on my website from other sources,” he said.
The positions Ball lifted from other Democrats include health care, immigration, government spending, and energy, among others.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney stated, “Gordon Ball should quit wasting Tennesseans’ time with this fraudulent campaign. He should do us all a service and withdraw from the race immediately.”
“We’ve been laying out the case over the past few weeks that Gordon Ball is a fraud. Today, he proved our point. By taking his cues from some of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate, Gordon Ball tells us all we need to know about his dishonest candidacy. If he’s kowtowing to liberal senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown—and not listening to Tennesseans—Gordon Ball doesn’t deserve to represent us. He’s attempted to run dual campaigns, talking conservative to everyday Tennesseans while, at the same time, defending the Obama agenda on his website and in interviews. Apparently, none of it was his original words — and yet he’s standing by his liberal positions. In August, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Montana withdrew from his race because of plagiarism. Gordon Ball, with nearly everything on his website plagiarized, should do the same and halt his fraudulent campaign today,” Devaney concluded.
This scandal ties Gordon Ball to other recent scandals that have become a hallmark of Democratic campaigns across the country. One candidate, current U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, ended his campaign on August 7th after plagiarism charges came to light.