Voit Accuses Torsella of Stealing Website Idea

PA TreasuryRepublican nominee for PA State Treasurer Otto Voit accused his rival of plagiarism today.

The charge stems from an idea for PACheckbook.com that Voit announced last November. The proposal was modeled after OhioCheckbook.com, the brainchild of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Recently, Democratic nominee Joe Torsella unveiled his “Pennsylvania Sunshine Checkbook”, a proposal which is also modeled on the Ohio website.

The Voit campaign believes Torsella stole their idea.

“It has come to our attention in recent days that our opponent Joe Torsella has adopted Otto’s plan and is promoting it on his website. We have to assume Mr. Torsella is endorsing our plan.  The alternative can only mean he does not have any plans of his own and was forced to plagiarize Otto’s idea. We want to think the best of Joe so we’ll take it as an endorsement at this point,” said Vincent Galko, Senior Adviser to the Voit Campaign. “Imitation is the highest form of flattery, however, in the future if Mr. Torsella needs some ideas he should just pick up the phone and call Otto rather than cut and paste his ideas.”

The press release from the Voit team even goes so far as to include the Oxford University’s plagiarism guide.

The Torsella campaign, however, is having none of it.

“It’s hard to know how to respond to such a bizarre attack,” Jocelyn Steinberg, Campaign Manager for Joe Torsella told PoliticsPA. “When Joe called for Pennsylvania to create a site modeled on what Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel created, Joe credited Mandel with the idea. Otto Voit clearly knows this given that his own press release includes the language Joe used crediting Mandel with the idea. I guess Otto is desperate enough to get attention for his campaign that he’s following Donald Trump’s style of politics of hurling insults and hoping that something sticks. Weird.”

Steinberg provided a number of examples of Torsella advocating for openness in government to PoliticsPA. The most relevant of which were remarks the Democrat made to a fundraiser last September.

“These aren’t partisan ideas,” Torsella says at one point. “In fact, I’ve based a lot of my plans for making state government more transparent on great work that the Republican treasurer of Ohio has done.”

13 Responses

  1. State governments watch what other state governments do on best practices, legislation, and more, all the time.

  2. Yo Vinny welcome to the world of politics. Like we say in construction. First in best dressed. So retreat to it was our idea and he stole it.
    Not the first time that’s ever happened.
    Work on a real race. Your down double digits:)

  3. I’m still waiting for somebody to post the porn emails from Fina and the rest of the Corbett perverts.

  4. Otto Voit should wear a helmet with a spike on it to stand out

  5. If Torsella copied the Ohio govt model, that’s called “good government”.

    Plans by governments for better transparency aren’t copyrighted works.

    Also, Torsella gave credit/acknowledgement to as Ohio.

    Sounds like Voit is too dumb to be Treasurer.

  6. Sounds like a good idea that Ohio has already implemented. Anything that puts more information up for the public to review will be a plus.

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