Democrat John Gregg lost the 2012 race for governor to Mike Pence but he is suddenly playing a role in the 2014 race for governor of Wisconsin. A political scandal there has roots in Indiana.
In the 2012 campaign John Gregg put out a jobs plan. Part of that jobs plan was copied and given to a Democratic candidate in Wisconsin and the people there are just now learning where it came from.
Mary Burke is running for governor in Wisconsin using job creation as her top issue. Her Democratic campaign is built around a jobs plan.
She is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Walker and when she unveiled her jobs plan she belittled his.
“I brought Governor Walker’s plan from 2010,” said Burke. “This is 4 pages and I’ve seen 8th grade term papers that frankly have more work put into them.”
But now it’s been revealed that Burke copied her jobs plan from, among others, Indiana Democrat John Gregg.
The website BuzzFeed first reported on the problems with the Burke plan. It published examples including one where a sentence in the Gregg plan says “That means bringing greater speed and certainty to permitting decisions without gutting environmental and public safety protections.”
A sentence in the Burke plan is almost identical, except the word “gutting” was changed to “sacrificing.” Friday Burke fired campaign consultant Eric Schnurer, who wrote both the Burke plan and the Gregg plan. Gregg is unfazed.
“I think it was worth copying,” said Gregg. “I do. It was a good program.”
He went on to say, “A lot of people don’t read ‘em other than insiders and there’s good ideas in all of them so that doesn’t bother me.”
But clearly Mary Burke believes that it would bother voters in Wisconsin.
John Gregg says he never met Eric Schnurer but says he has no reason to believe that his jobs plan was copied from someone else’s.
But according to BuzzFeed some of the language in the Gregg plan is similar to a plan used by Alex Sink, a Demcratic candidate for governor in Florida in 2010.