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Thu., May 13, 2010, 2:27 p.m.

Half of Ward’s position statements were cribbed from other websites

This screen shot shows how some of congressional candidate Vaughn Ward's position statements appeared on his website on Thursday morning. (Betsy Russell)
This screen shot shows how some of congressional candidate Vaughn Ward's position statements appeared on his website on Thursday morning. (Betsy Russell)

Five of the 10 position statements Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward has had posted on his campaign website for at least the past five months are word-for-word identical to statements on other candidates' and congressmen's sites, including one in which Ward touted "my roadmap legislation" - actually something proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, whose campaign website contains an identical paragraph. Ward's statement on tax relief - all but its first sentence - is a repeat of a statement on the campaign website of third-term Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Kentucky. Half of his statement on health care matches a Jan. 7, 2009 Wall Street Journal article by Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia. And his entire statement on "Definition of Marriage/Family Issues" matches a statement posted on the website of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., with such minor changes as substituting "I believe" for "Sen. Jim DeMint believes."

Within a half-hour after a reporter called Ward's campaign Thursday with questions about the position statements, all links to them on his campaign website were disabled; Ward said new statements should be up shortly. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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