Smart policy or plagiarism?

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – In an academic setting, Tom Foley would be “flunked” for lifting portions of his urban policy agenda without attributing his sources, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday of his Republican opponent.

The Connecticut Democratic Party emailed reporters Wednesday to highlight the passages in Foley’s urban strategy plan, which appear to be copied verbatim from sources including the Connecticut Policy Institute, a think tank founded by Foley. Other sections are copied from articles published by the Heartland Institute and the Pelican Post, two conservative think tanks.

“Lots of other people get in trouble for that,” Malloy told reporters Thursday at a stop in Enfield. In school, Foley would “get an F. He’d be flunked. He wouldn’t get a grade for it.”

Asked how serious a problem plagiarism is in a public policy arena, Malloy told a reporter “you decide. If you decide it’s not important by not covering it, then I’m just going to take all your ideas and claim them to be my own.”

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