The Army War College announced Friday that it is revoking Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree following this past summer’s revelation that he plagiarized much of his academic thesis.
Walsh, who said PTSD might have been a factor in his decision to borrow entire pages from outside sources without attribution, released the following statement today in which he said he disagrees with the decision to revoke his degree but accepts it:
“Though I disagree with the findings made by the War College, I accept its decision with great humility and respect for the U.S. Military. I apologize to all Montanans for the plagiarism in my 2007 paper, and I am prepared to live with its consequences. I may not be a scholar but I am proud to have been a soldier who has served Montana and this great nation for 33 years in uniform. As Montanans choose their next U.S. Senator over the next few weeks, I will continue proudly serving this state through the end of this term. I look forward to fighting for veterans and their families. I look forward to doing all we can for the small businesses that call our state home. I will keep fighting for the freedom of choice and equal pay for women, and for access to our public lands.”
The Pentagon announced in July that it would be reviewing the issue, and now the investigation appears to have come to fruition.
After many Montana newspapers called for the senator for drop out of his re-election bid, he announced a few days later that he was quitting the race. Walsh’s last-minute Democratic replacement for the November election has made some mistakes of her own. Montana Rep. Steve Daines is heavily favored for the seat, further hurting the Democratic Party’s chances to retain control of the Senate come January
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