Sen. John Walsh’s (D-Mont.) political career appears to be over, but plagiarism allegations could have far-reaching implications for his military career, too.
Walsh, who was the upper chamber’s lone Iraq War veteran, withdrew from the Senate race this week after reports he allegedly plagiarized roughly a quarter of his 14-page Army War College master's thesis.
The appointed senator already had an uphill battle against Rep. Steve Daines (D) for a full term, and now Republicans are all but guaranteed to pick up the seat.
"The 2007 research paper from my time at the U.S. Army War College has become a distraction from the debate you expect and deserve. I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator," Walsh announced Thursday.
The allegations, reported last month by The New York Times, carried enough weight for the Pennsylvania-based school to look into them and refer the case to its academic review board, a panel of faculty members who will examine the evidence and make a recommendation on possible disciplinary action to the school’s leadership, according to a statement by the college.