It’s already been established that Tea Party Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois is a deadbeat dad who seems to have issues with women, but now comes news Rep. Walsh, who hasn’t really done much legislating during his term in office, is also a plagiarist. Rep. Walsh recently submitted the Renovate and Enhance Veterans’ Meeting Halls and Posts Act, aimed at doing precisely what the bill’s title says, but the problem with Rep. Walsh’s bill is that is a nearly verbatim copy of a 2010 bill written by Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop. Notable, Rep. Walsh plagiarized Rep. Bishop’s 2010 bill without asking him or even mentioning it to him.
Even in the rough-and-tumble, bitterly partisan Congress, it’s probably safe to call that a faux pas — or worse if you’re Bishop or one of the staffers on his payroll who worked to develop the legislation.
“The REVAMP Act has been a great idea ever since Congressman Bishop came up with the concept in 2009, long before Joe Walsh had been elected to Congress,” said Oliver Longwell, Bishop’s communications director. “To pirate a legislative proposal without consideration of the original author is really unprecedented.”
Longwell wasn’t finished: “Perhaps it’s just a rookie mistake, but it’s a reflection of the total collapse of collegiality that has characterized the House since it came under the influence of the tea party, even on what should be the most bipartisan of issues: assisting our veterans,” he said.
There you have it folks….not only does Rep. Joe Walsh appear to be a deadbeat dad who has issues with women, but now he’s a plagiarist as well.