Amid plagiarism claims, Paul promises new rules for staff
NASHVILLE — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is instituting new approval and citation rules for his staffers and researchers amid accusations that he plagiarized material from several sources for speeches, a newspaper column and his book.
An adviser confirmed the move as Paul looks to stem the fallout, which includes the Washington Times canceling his column.
Paul initially tried to downplay revelations first reported by MSNBC that he had used material from Wikipedia — without attributing it — to describe the plot of a sci-fi movie in a recent speech. Since then, more accusations have surfaced about his writings having similar or identical language to other publications without attribution.
In an email on Wednesday, Paul adviser Doug Stafford said the senator “relies on a large number of staff and advisers to provide supporting facts and anecdotes — some of which were not clearly sourced or vetted properly.”
Stafford said Paul's office now plans to make footnotes available on request and will seek to make attribution to other people's work more complete.
Paul initially said he wished he could challenge his critics to a duel for questioning his honesty.