The Wolf campaign for governor acknowledged lifting passages from an industry report and including them in its campaign platform as rivals tried to leverage the incident to raise questions about his front-running candidacy.
A spokesman for the York businessman’s campaign said they had fired the staffer responsible for the plagiarism in its issues platform, dubbed, “A Fresh Start.’’ He said the campaign was conducting an internal review to determine if there were other instances of unattributed borrowings in the text of the platform, or in any other campaign materials. The campaign declined to identify the terminated staffer. The material in question involved fairly innocuous observations about the virtues of energy conservation.
In a statement, Mr. Wolf said, “I have directed the staff to make sure nothing like this ever happens again and have asked for a new process to be put in place to ensure it does not.’’
Mark Nicastre, a spokesman for the campaign said, “We collected great ideas from all different sources for the Fresh Start plan - the public sector, the private sector and not-for-profits. This plan specifically cites more than 20 references throughout the 46-page document to other studies and articles that served as some of the foundation to our plan. It was important to us to give credit where credit was due. The language that has been pointed out should never have appeared in the manner in which it did. We are putting processes in place to make sure this does not happen again. This was a mistake and we regret it.’’
The public contrition didn’t satisfy all of his rivals. A spokesman for the campaign of Rep. Allyson Schwartz, which first publicized the incident Thursday, demanded that Mr. Wolf return a campaign contribution from an executive of Johnson Controls, the energy firm whose reports were the source of the language grafted into the campaign document.