After it was revealed last month that a graduate school paper was largely plagiarized, Montana Democrat candidate for Senate John Walsh has been increasingly considered tainted with small to no chance of recovering ahead of the midterm elections.
Adding insult to injury, Montana’s two largest newspapers — the Billings Gazette and the Missoulian — have publicly called for Walsh to call it quits after the debacle.
The Gazette editorialized, “Walsh is finished as a U.S. Senate candidate. Having repeatedly said that he wants to do the honorable thing, Walsh should stop campaigning and do his utmost to serve Montanans well in the remainder of his brief Senate appointment. That is the honorable course.”
And the Missoulian added, “What makes the plagiarism allegations different from other criticisms is that there is simply no good explanation nor excuse for it. The bottom line is, Montanans simply cannot — and won’t — trust a senator who portrayed the words and ideas of others as his own for his own personal gain.”
With this level of cross-party disdain, the scandal puts the Montana seat in the safe win category for the Republican Party in its quest to retake control of the U.S. Senate in November.