Tonight the Daily Pilot published online a commentary by a person named Kent Mora, who says he lives in Costa Mesa. The title of that piece is, "Charter would reduce Sacramento's hold" and begins with the following sentence - "Can you remember the last time Sacramento passed a law that made our city better off? Neither can I."
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
When I read that opening line I had a feeling of deja vu - I knew I'd read the same line somewhere else recently, so I investigated.
On September 18, 2012 Costa Mesa councilman and candidate for re-election Gary Monahan had a commentary published in the Daily Pilot titled, "Charter would free Costa Mesa from state control." and his opening sentence read this way - "Can you remember the last time Sacramento passed a law that made our city better off? Neither can I."
WHO'S THE PLAGIARIST?
You can see what's coming here, can't you? Yep, somebody is a plagiarist.
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON
So, I went back to the Daily Pilot archives and found Monahan's commentary, HERE. I then copied and pasted (that's an old Jim Righeimer move) the text into a Microsoft Word document so I could use the word counter feature. I then did the same thing with Mora's current commentary, HERE, and compared them side-by-side. With the exception that Mora's commentary has about fifteen more words than Monahan's, they are identical!
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
So, neighbors, what are we to take from this act of plagiarism? Do we assume that Monahan and his pals - Kent Mora has recently become a strong, strident advocate for the "3 M" position on municipal governance as measured by his comments posted on Facebook and elsewhere - have simply run out of ideas and are having to resort to regurgitating them? Do they have a publicity machine geared up to produce commentaries and they simply forgot they'd already used this one?
INTENTIONAL AND/OR STUPID?
Whether this gaffe is intentional or simply a mistake, it certainly makes both Monahan and Mora - and their cronies by association - look pretty darn stupid. And what does this say about the integrity of those folks who are so feverishly supporting the 3Ms in this council race? You decide...