Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball says BuzzFeed News’ report he plagiarized nearly his entire website from various politicians is â€œa hatchet jobâ€ and â€œa laughable situation.â€
Ball dismissed calls from Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney for him to drop out of the race.
â€œIt’s a laughable situation,â€ Ball said in an interview with Fox13. â€œWe’ve adopted ideas from people as diverse from Rand Paul to Elizabeth Warren. This is just a hatchet job by some of Lamar Alexander’s Republican buddies and it’s ridiculous.â€
Ball blamed the copied text on one of his campaign’s â€œlegal writers.â€
â€œIt got there, one of our legal writers wrote that. I adopted the ideas and I believe in those ideas. And that’s how it got there. But it got there and I believe in those ideas.â€
According to the The Tennessean, the Ball campaign originally blamed the text on an intern who is no longer with the campaign.
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