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Texas Republican House Candidate Caught Padding Resume And Plagiarizing An Obama Speech

By Tanya Somanader on September 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

"Texas Republican House Candidate Caught Padding Resume And Plagiarizing An Obama Speech"

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Stefani Carter is a Republican House candidate in Texas’s 102nd District who rejected “the liberal line” to become a “proud conservative.” Boasting of her credentials as a “contributing editorial writer for USA Today and a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, one of the most well known conservative think tanks in Washington, D.C,” Carter is well-versed in the party line. She tells supporters she’s “no” on “more government debt” and that she “will fight any attempts” by President Obama “to force feed socialized medicine to Texas families.”

But, while proudly rejecting the Obama’s progressive policies in Washington, Carter plagiarized a few of Obama’s “liberal lines” in her pursuit to get there. A video released by Lone Star Project this summer revealed Carter “reciting almost identical passages” from Obama’s 2004 keynote address “that many contend powered his campaign for president”:

The video compares the two speeches as follows:

Obama: “…Let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. …”

Carter: “My presence here tonight, for those who know my background, is unlikely. …”

Obama: “They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America, you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.

Carter: “They imagined their kids going to any schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your dreams.”

Watch it:

The Carter campaign said plagiarism cannot be charged from “just snippets” of a speech that was “entirely different” from Obama’s address. But Lone Star Project pointed out that both speeches were intended to provide personal background and “you don’t have to copy an entire speech or even cover the same subject matter to be guilty of plagiarism. In taking a closer look at Carter’s credentials, Lone Star Project also discovered that Carter padded her resume by implying an internship made her a senior fellow at Heritage Foundation and “three guest pieces during her collegiate career” made her a USA today columnist.

While the Dallas County GOP Chairman dismissed her plagiarism as “petty” and “small ball,” he may have a harder time defending the more “hostile” and “absurd” tactics of Carter’s “amateur campaign.” According to counterfeitcarter.com, Carter recently sent a campaign staffer “with a camera to stalk” her opponent incumbent Rep. Carol Kent. He “was caught in a parking lot hiding between cars.” Carter also made “bizarre accusations” that “she had to call 911 twice because of suspicious vehicles parked at her campaign headquarters.”

Unsurprisingly, Carter’s dubious antics failed to win over her employers at Sayles Werbner law firm in Dallas, who endorsed and donated to Kent’s campaign. But Carter shouldn’t worry about the bosses she dismissed as “liberal Democrats,” because if acts of plagiarism and paranoid accusations guarantee anything, it’s a natural home with the GOP. (HT: Burnt Orange)

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