Update: Menard’s Canard Exposed; Alaska’s Chilly Reaction
It’s a darn good thing Woonsocket’s Mayor Susan Menard keeps records. That was the only way she was able to determine that the source of the purloined speech she gave at the Woonsocket High School graduation in June was the City of Woonsocket’s controversial former Director of Human Services, John Dionne. The whole incident might otherwise have remained a major mystery.
Meanwhile, the unattributed author of her speech, Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, was able to view the Mayor’s “instant replay” of his speech before it had been removed from YouTube. The Valley Breeze reports that he called it shocking:
In a highly critical statement Tuesday, he said the Woonsocket mayor failed to take responsibility for stealing a speech he gave a month earlier at a graduation in Anchorage, Alaska.
“Besides the outright plagiarism, I was concerned about the mayor’s unwillingness to take responsibility and apologize for her actions and those of her speech-writer,” said Parnell.
As to Mayor Menard herself, Turn to 10’s Bill Rappleye reports that
Menard wouldn’t go on camera but told NBC 10 by phone that she doesn’t write her own speeches and considered the accusation politically motivated and trivial.
Menard also told NBC 10 that she doesn’t even remember the contents of the speech.
Turn to 10 reminds us, however, that
… plagiarism can derail a politician.
In 1988, Joe Biden pulled out of the presidential race when it was revealed he borrowed from a speech from a British politician.