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In a way Bill Randall was clever, taking a fifty year old document, Stan Evans’ ‘Sharon Statement,’ renaming it and posting it on his website as his own ‘Charter of Principles’ as if he’d written it.
 
After all, it worked for almost a year – until last week when Randall got caught red-handed.
 
Since, Randall has made one misstep after another.
 
At first he tried to brazen it out: He took his original ‘Charter’ off his website, replaced it with a new version with a footnote, then sent the new version to a reporter in Greensboro – like the footnote had been there all along – and said, See, look at the footnote. That proves I haven’t plagiarized anyone.’
 
Why he thought that would work is hard to say.
 
Of course, the next day Bernie Reeves’ campaign produced the original footnote-less ‘Charter’ Randall had been using for a year, plus ten more examples of Randall plagiarizing stands from Congressmen and Senators and the Republican National Committee.
 
By then Randall’s cover-up was in tatters and he had no fig leaf left so it looked like it was time for him to try confession and contrition – but instead, misstepping again, he announced all the plagiarism on his website, every bit of it, was the fault of an errant volunteer – who he hinted had done him in intentionally. What’s more, he said, he had, himself, personally, purged every plagiarized word from his website.
 
By the time Randall was through explaining it was hard not to feel like he ought to get the Good Conduct Medal for cleaning up the mess – but that fig leaf only held up a couple of hours until someone asked Randall a question he hadn’t figured on. They asked: If that plagiarizing was done by an errant volunteer – then why did you try to fool the press with that bogus footnote the first time you were caught?
 
It turned out Randall had landed himself in another mess.
 
By his own admission he’d been using that plagiarized ‘Charter of Principles’ for years – so there was clearly no way an ‘errant volunteer’ from his campaign had written it. But to say he’d been undone by two different plagiarists, one who’d stolen Stan Evans’ Sharon Statement years ago and another who’d worked in his campaign, was like saying lightning had struck him twice in the same way and in the same place – four years apart.
 
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Anonymous
# Anonymous
Monday, May 31, 2010 12:14 PM
You know, I almost like what Obama said yesterday about we citizens turning off CNN and FoxNews and such and listening to our citizenry rather than all the "politikin' " going on today. This is such a good example of that, isn't it?

We, as a voting public, need to vote out those that are so "all about politics" and vote new people in office. I know it is hard...we're mostly dedicated to "our guy" when it comes to politics/political parties...but, alas, wouldn't it be refreshing to have a whole new group of "politicians" representing us that actually vote on bills, enact legislation and only add in "addendums" and such to bills presented that are in the interests of AMERICA rather than just doing it to get votes to continue their positions in whatever chamber they sit on? What a novel thing to ask, huh? "Good for our country". Not good for one specific part of our country or one specific voting bloc or one specific political ideology. Just simply GOOD FOR AMERICA.

Where in the hell has this kind of thinking gone?
Cheryl Handy
Monday, May 31, 2010 2:18 PM
Carter:

I hope someday to meet you. I am a native Cary-ite, grew up on Jesse Helms and CheerWine and admire your strength of conviction.

Two questions:
(1) On FB, you asked Bill Randall to meet you privately. Did he ever?
(2) Is the June 1 debate going to be shown live on TV?

Thanks
Brunette
# Brunette
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 7:35 AM
With all my heart, I hope Bernie Reeves wins his primary.
Anonymous User
# Anonymous User
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:28 AM
Getting His Story All Tangled Up
Ruth
# Ruth
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 3:54 PM
Do you have anything else to say? You have been on the same story for weeks now. Cherly, yes Bill did meet with Bernie, I asked that question based on your feedback. And again I ask, if you are only for the NC "born and bred", then what about the rest of the people who live here? I am still researching and was wondering about Bernie's stand on the Pledge's the "One Nation Under God" issue?
Carter Wrenn
# Carter Wrenn
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:59 PM
Cheryl Handy, I did ask Bill Randall to meet privately but have had no response. Best, Carter
Cheryl Handy
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 7:25 PM
Ruth - you asked *me* about NC born and bred? I missed that. Sorry. I was born up in NY, moved to cary at age 2. Then left during my 20s-30s for career.

I miss elected officials like Jesse Helms. JH really represented us. He cared about us. He would take a live bomb for us. JH had a strong consttituents services system. JH told us what was happening in DC -- he did not wait for a crisis.

I dont think that those basic principles that JH held are too much to expect of our elected officials.

I wish Bill would clear up issues with Carter.
Cheryl Handy
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 7:26 PM
Ruth - you asked *me* about NC born and bred? I missed that. Sorry. I was born up in NY, moved to cary at age 2. Then left during my 20s-30s for career.

I miss elected officials like Jesse Helms. JH really represented us. He cared about us. He would take a live bomb for us. JH had a strong consttituents services system. JH told us what was happening in DC -- he did not wait for a crisis.

I dont think that those basic principles that JH held are too much to expect of our elected officials.

I wish Bill would clear up issues with Carter.
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