Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Has Outsourced Policy Papers

When questioned about the plagiarized proposals, Burke pointed the finger at Democratic consultant Eric Schnurer, who, she said, had written the earlier economic development proposals, and cut and pasted from them without her knowledge. She asserted that Schnurer had been fired.

At a minimum, this means of course that Burke had very little input into her own economic development proposals, since she apparently was unaware that they were largely reheated leftovers from previous campaigns in other states under other conditions, two of which had failed in their states. Even worse, though: Milwaukee talk radio station WISN went through Burke’s campaign filings and was unable to find any record that either Schnurer or his company, Public Works, had ever been employed by the Burke campaign. This certainly suggests that somebody else plagiarized Schnurer’s proposals, though whether with or without his permission has not been ascertained.

None of this augurs well for Burke, who is beginning to fall behind Walker in the polls. In the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll, Walker is leading her 49% to 46% among likely voters, with fewer than 1% indicating that they will certainly vote for someone else (two minor party candidates are also in the race). Though the difference is still within the poll’s 4% margin of error, the two campaigns have been virtually neck and neck for most of the year, and the previous poll had Burke leading by 1% among likely voters.

This revelation comes on top of reported difficulties that Burke has had in accounting for her past, in particular her precise responsibilities as an executive at the family-owned business, Trek Bicycles, where she was reportedly vice president responsible for special projects at the time a controversial decision was made to close a manufacturing plant (which had been opened less than a year earlier with the help of a state loan) and relocate the manufacturing jobs in China. This move seemed to contradict Burke’s stated opposition to such outsourcing measures.