Not the best way to start a campaign, but does it really even matter?
A 20-page proposal that a likely Macon mayoral candidate has issued as his own strategic “vision” for the city contains substantial portions of a plan written two years ago for a town in Indiana. . . .
A brief perusal of the document and subsequent Internet search for some of its more generic language turned up a nearly identical strategic plan for Valparaiso, Ind., a town of nearly 30,000 people in a county about the same size as Bibb. That plan was completed in January 2005 and includes passages that are repeated verbatim in Randall’s document.
Nowhere in Randall’s plan is credit given to its source material. He did not volunteer the plan’s specific origin until he was asked about it by a reporter. . . .
Randall’s letter also includes phrases found in a letter the Valparaiso mayor wrote to his city’s residents in 2005 introducing the plan there.
The internets are a pesky thing.