Uh… just check out the latest release from Jack Conway’s campaign:
Mongiardo lobs false claims amid revelations of plagiarized education policy
Falsely attacks Conway’s record to distract from his allegiance with Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning on health care
LOUISVILLE – Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Jack Conway is calling on his primary opponent Daniel Mongiardo to retract the baseless attack he released today in an attempt to distort Conway’s record of helping Kentucky families. Conway said:
“Daniel Mongiardo is just wrong. On the Atmos case, I saved Kentucky families and businesses over $3.5 million.
“Daniel Mongiardo knows that I am an aggressive advocate for Kentucky utility customers, which is why he won’t tell you about the $100 million dollars that we’ve saved for working families during the past two years.”
For a description and documentation of the Attorney General’s statutory role as consumer advocate for utility customers, please click here.
The distortions from Mongiardo aren’t surprising considering that as a state senator, he stole State Senator Jerry Rhoads’ article on education and submitted it under his own name to the Harlan Daily Enterprise newspaper. Mongiardo didn’t even bother to paraphrase or re-order the wording – he copied it exactly. See a side-by-side comparison of the two plans here.
Mongiardo also plagiarized Mitch McConnell and the Republicans when he said Congress should “stop and start over” on health care reform. Again, he used the exact same language.
The public is taking notice of Mongiardo mimicking Mitch McConnell on health care. Earlier this month the Louisville Examiner pointed out Mongiardo’s tendency to copycat others’ policy and attempt to pass it off as his own by saying, “A look at Dan Mongiardo’s health care plan and it becomes blatantly clear the so-called Democrat copied the Republican proposal nearly word for word.” (Louisville Examiner, March 2, 2010)
Conway concluded: “Daniel Mongiardo is running the ‘Xerox’ campaign because he doesn’t have a record to run on – as a state senator he copied someone else’s article on education, last week he copied Mitch McConnell’s position on health care.
“I’m proud of my record of saving money for Kentucky working families and taxpayers all across the Commonwealth. Elected office is a public trust and voters deserve a U.S. Senator they can trust to create jobs and opportunity for Kentucky families and bring accountability to Washington.”