Of course, you may have seen the article already, but if you didn't you can see it here on The Coloradoan or here on Gawker. The brief story is this: former member of Congress Scott McInnis (Republican) leaves Congress in 2005 after serving six terms and joins a think tank called the Hasan Family Foundation. He gets paid major bank (about $300,000) for a part-time gig with the Foundation. He writes a 150 page tome about water rights and in the process manages to lift entire sections of a 20-year old previously published paper by now Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs. This isn't minor stuff; according to an article in the Denver Post: Clear case, eh? Words and ideas. Hmmm... Apparently McInnis has already offered an apology to Justice Hobbs. But what about the people of Colorado? The news articles are all indicating today [7/13/10] he has no intention of apologizing to the public. The fact that he committed plagiarism is one thing. The fact that he holds himself out there as some sort of moral beacon is another. McInnis was the Congressman who famously and publicly proposed legislation prohibiting Congressmen from having relationships with their employees in the aftermath of the Chandra Levy tragedy. (As if common sense wouldn't already address this...) So... let me ask this: Isn't it about time we started asking for more from our political candidates? I'm not advocating that they swear a vow of poverty or even chastity, but seriously, shouldn't they be honest? What planet is this guy from if he thinks he can pull off this sort of crap and still be trusted by the public to represent them?