Two Cases of Plagiarism by Politicians


The following piece was written by my former student and friend Mike Lamm. Mike is a reporter for the Decatur Daily Democrat.


In the summer of 1987, a young, brash Delaware senator by the name of Joe Biden was attempting to become the youngest American since John F. Kennedy to become president of the United States.

The popular political figure was considered a strong contender for the office due to his moderate image, his energetic speaking ability, his appeal to Baby Boomers, his position as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the pending Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination hearings, and his fundraising talents. His major competitors for the Democratic nomination were Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Missouri State Representative Dick Gephardt.

By the end of April 1987, he had raised more campaign funds than any other candidate, and his prospects for the nomination looked extremely good.


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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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