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November 8, 2013

Brannon says he reviewed lifted passages, will revise campaign site

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon is acknowledging his campaign lifted material from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s website.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon is acknowledging his campaign lifted material from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s website.

Brannon’s campaign website includes descriptions of his stance on major policy issues that appear identical to passages on Paul’s 2010 campaign site. It comes as Paul himself faces questions about plagiarism, The New York Times reported Thursday.

In a statement Friday, Brannon said a member of his staff drafted the pages for his website and he signed off. “I reviewed them, agreed with every word, and approved them,” he said. “While I am sorry it was copied, it completely captures my views on the issues.”

Brannon is a first-time political candidate aligned with the tea party. Paul recently endorsed Brannon in a four-way GOP primary that includes House Speaker Thom Tillis, who polls show is the early frontrunner.

Brannon said his campaign would “revise and footnote (the website) to make the source clear.”

But a spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about whether Brannon would take down the identical passages or just attribute them. Other inquiries about how the plagiarism occurred and whether the staffer is still a member of the campaign also went unanswered.

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