New York Democratic congressional hopeful Max Della Pia’s website contains multiple sentences that are nearly identical to language found on former Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff’s website.
“Max will defend equal pay for equal work and fight any effort to allow wage discrimination against women or minorities,” Della Pia’s website states, reported The Buffalo News.
Ossoff’s website said almost the same thing: “Jon will defend equal pay for equal work and fight any effort to allow wage discrimination against women or minorities.” (RELATED: The Power Of The Protesting Employee: Big Tech Companies Are Being Taken Over By Low-Level Workers)
The similarities to Ossoff’s website continue in regard to nearly 20 statements about Della Pia’s past experiences, including views on health care. Ossoff lost a 2017 House special election that was regarded as the most expensive congressional race in history.
Della Pia’s spokeswoman Aubrey Stuber blamed an unnamed volunteer for the plagiarism and said the campaign would begin rewriting the website on Friday.
“It was a mistake that the campaign didn’t ensure the language provided by that volunteer was checked for originality, and one for which we take full responsibility,” Stuber said, according to The Buffalo News. “However, voters can be confident that the views expressed on the website are consistent with Max’s stances on the issues.”
Della Pia, a retired Air Force brigadier general, has a slender margin of 0.12 percent over his Democratic rival Tracy Mitrano in the primary on June 26. The race is so close that absentee ballots are still being counted to determine the winner. Should he maintain his lead, Della Pia will face Republican incumbent Rep. Tom Reed.
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