John Edward Walsh on Principles & Values



OpEd: 2007 Master's thesis plagiarized from online sources

One of the highest-profile credentials of Walsh's 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Walsh's master's degree from the US Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least 1/4 of his thesis on Mideast policy from other authors' works, with no attribution.

Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a "strategy research project," to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers and books that are almost all available online.

A line-by-line analysis of Walsh's thesis shows that he took much of it from other sources without giving them credit. Most strikingly, the six recommendations Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled "The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy," are taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Montana Senate race , Jul 23, 2014

AdWatch: "Where's Walsh-o" website: "Walsh is hard to find"

John Walsh is coming under attack by national Republican groups. The National Republican Senatorial Committee went up with a website titled "Where's Walsh-o" that's critical of the new senator. And American Crossroads, the pro-GOP independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, plans to welcome Walsh into the Senate with an attack ad that's set to run back in Montana.

"John Walsh is Hard to Find These Days..." says the NRSC's website, which goes onto claim "That's because he doesn't like to answer questions about his disastrous record, his ability to lead, and a management record dominated by a culture of poor morale, inappropriate relationships and horrific personnel problems."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was quick to defend Walsh and criticize the NRSC. "Only a Washington insider like Steve Daines would call on his NRSC handlers to smear John Walsh's distinguished 33-year record of service leading the Montana National Guard," said the DSCC press secretary.

Source: CNN coverage: AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race , Feb 11, 2014

Appointed to Senate while running in Senate primary

Win or lose in November, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Walsh will be the next senator from Montana. Gov. Steve Bullock appointed his former running mate to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who is leaving the Senate early after being confirmed as ambassador to China.

Walsh was already running for the seat, but he'll now run as the incumbent senator. That change could provide some inherent advantages in his quest to hold one of the party's most vulnerable seats. "I wanted to appoint someone who I truly believed would wake up each and every day wanting to put Montana and Montanans first," Bullock said in a news conference to announce the appointment.

National Democrats recruited Walsh to run after former Gov. Brian Schweitzer took a pass on the race. The open seat is a top target of national Republicans, who landed a top-tier candidate in Rep. Steve Daines. Two other Democrats, former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger and rancher Dirk Adams, are also seeking the nomination.

Source: Rollcall.com on 2014 Montana Senate race , Feb 7, 2014

AdWatch: "Big Sky buyoff" to appoint Walsh to Senate early

The expectation that outgoing Sen. Max Baucus will be named ambassador to China has raised the likelihood that the leading Democratic candidate for his Montana Senate seat will be appointed to the post nearly a year before the election.

Under Montana law, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock can appoint whomever he wants to fill the Senate seat until the next election. National Democratic sources expect that appointment to be Walsh, who polls show has been trailing Republican candidate Steve Daines.

Democrats argue that appointing Walsh to the Senate seat nearly a year before the election would give him a leg up against Daines. Republicans, meanwhile, have begun painting Walsh as a D.C. insider, calling him Senate Majority Leader "Harry Reid and Barack Obama's handpicked US senator." They also have blasted the news of his potential appointment as Washington backroom dealing, dubbing it the "big sky buyoff"--an approach that could ultimately hurt Walsh, who's been running as a Beltway outsider.

Source: Politico.com AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race , Dec 19, 2013

Washington incumbents are part of a broken system

Walsh said that his limited political experience will aid his run for the U.S. Senate. Walsh, the current Lieutenant Governor and former adjutant general, predicted his likely opponent--Daines--could have trouble because of his role in a Congress that shut down the government amid stalemate. "I don't know Congressman Daines real well. But I believe he is part of broken system back there," Walsh said. "I am a little disappointed that he hasn't stepped up to come up with a solution to the problem."
Source: AP in Washington Post on 2000 election, "Higher Profile" , Oct 3, 2013

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