Heard on the Hill: Scott Brown Didn’t Clip From Elizabeth Dole; He Lifted the Whole Thing

Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:22pm

Last March, Roll Call wrote a piece highlighting Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) weak website. It seems it took the freshman Senator close to three months to get a fully functioning site — complete with email! — up and running. (So fancy!)
Today, HOH joined other outlets in reporting that parts of Brown’s Student Resources page from his Senate website were lifted from former Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s (R-N.C.) 2002 campaign kickoff speech.
Well … it seems we were wrong. Not just the speech, but Brown’s entire Student Resources page, with the exception of a sentence or so and Brown’s personal sign-off, was lifted from Dole’s Senate website.

Don’t believe us? Compare and contrast for yourselves.
“Sen. Dole’s website served as one of the models for Sen. Brown’s website when he first took office,” Brown’s press secretary, John Donnelly, explained to us. “During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten.”

“I heard they are having elections up in Luddite country,” a Democratic operative zinged. “Maybe Brown should drive his pickup there.”

Now, now — that’s just mean, it wasn’t the Senator’s fault!

“It was a staff-level oversight which we regret and has been corrected,” Donnelly said.