Marilinda Garcia, rising GOP star in New Hampshire politics, faces charges she lifted speeches

Oct 24, 2014 5:24 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Marilinda Garcia copes with second charge of plagiarizing

Marilinda Garcia, New Hampshire's rising Republican star running in the Second Congressional District, faces her first scandal -- a growing pattern of plagiarism.
Here's what State Representative Garcia said on the House floor against same sex marriage in 2012.

"Marriage exists to solve a problem. that problem is a societal problem that rises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender. That problem is what to do about its generativity,'' she said.

Now here's an editorial in the conservative national review.
``Marriage exists, in other words, to solve a problem that arises from sex between men and women but not from sex between partners of the same gender: what to do about its generativiy,'' it said in part.

You get the idea; the two is almost word for word.
Late Thursday night, Garcia said she was sorry for failing to identify the source.
The left-leaning Granite State Progress uncovered a second, less verbatim example in a speech Garcia gave last February.

"If I was Marilinda Garcia's campaign manager, I would be very concerned right now. This is not something you want and only Marilinda Garcia knows how many times she has plagiarized material,'' said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of the state chapter.
A conservative activist says Congresswoman Annie Kuster is in danger of losing and that's why this got dumped on Garcia so late.
"A lot of folks, liberal supporters of Representative Kuster like Granite Progress have come to the realization that this is a narrow race and Representative Kuster is in a lot of trouble,'' said Greg Moore, state director of Americans for Prosperity.
What's the silver lining for Garcia? President Obama, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin and Rand Paul all were credibly accused of speech lifting. All four of them are still alive and kicking.


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