Sen. Brown is having a rough month.
A Democratic group has unearthed a bit of inspirational autobiography on Senator Scott Brown’s official website that was lifted verbatim from Elizabeth Dole’s site, language that originated in a campaign speech.
In a message to students, the Massachusetts senator uses the exact words as remarks delivered by the former North Carolina senator at her campaign kickoff in 2002.
Brown’s staff acknowledged yesterday the words originally were Dole’s and said their presence in Brown’s message was the result of a technical error.
Here’s where the technical error allegedly happened:
Brown spokesman John Donnelly said the language was attributed to Brown in error, while his staff was creating the senator’s website.
“Senator Dole’s website served as one of the models for Senator Brown’s website when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten,” Donnelly said. “It was a staff level oversight which we regret and is being corrected.”
Believe it or not, does it matter or not?
I’m not sure anyone will change their mind about their candidate preference over this. If the election was held next month, maybe.
However, Gawker reports an interesting discovery:
Sure is lucky that the opening line “I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter” was—inadvertently, we’re sure—omitted! And also the line that follows: “I am Bob Dole’s wife.”
It is certainly sloppy and lacks attention to important details to his own biography, which doesn’t say much for Brown’s leadership in his own office.