Last March, Roll Call wrote a piece highlighting Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) weak website. It seems it took the freshman Senator close to three months to get a fully functioning site — complete with email! — up and running. (So fancy!)
Today, HOH joined other outlets in reporting that parts of Brown’s Student Resources page from his Senate website were lifted from former Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s (R-N.C.) 2002 campaign kickoff speech.
Well ... it seems we were wrong. Not just the speech, but Brown’s entire Student Resources page, with the exception of a sentence or so and Brown’s personal sign-off, was lifted from Dole’s Senate website.
“Sen. Dole’s website served as one of the models for Sen. Brown’s website when he first took office,” Brown’s press secretary, John Donnelly, explained to us. “During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten.”
“I heard they are having elections up in Luddite country,” a Democratic operative zinged. “Maybe Brown should drive his pickup there.”
Now, now — that’s just mean, it wasn’t the Senator’s fault!
“It was a staff-level oversight which we regret and has been corrected,” Donnelly said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.