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Just saw this on Ohio Daily, and frankly, we shouldn't be surprised.  Steve Austria, Republican State Senator running for Congress in the OH-07, got himself published in the Xenia Gazette yesterday talking about Labor Day -- only catch is that much of his column is lifted directly from a U.S. Department of Labor website.

See the Jeff's post on Ohio Daily for the paragraph-by-paragraph comparison between the two documents -- Jeff did a great job breaking it down.

So what does this all mean?  Either that Steve Austria's 97% pro-business voting record and big business PAC funding forced him to forget his teachers' lessons about quoting his sources...

...Or better yet, that he's so in the pocket of big business, and so much against the rights of American workers, that on the occasion of the 126th anniversary of Labor Day, Steve Austria won't even take the time to write his own op-ed, and had some lackey -- who had the bad judgment to think he wouldn't get caught plagiarizing -- write it for him.

So either Steve Austria is a politician who is too lazy to cite his sources, or a politician who is too lazy to give the people he wants to represent a chance to hear what he really thinks about workers' rights.  And in either case, Jeff on Ohio Daily is right: the people of the OH-07 deserve more.

Originally posted to dutchblue on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 09:15 AM PDT.

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