Representative Lee Terry should be careful when choosing his words – especially when they are not his own. The New York Times reported that statements in the official record of the historic House debate on health care reform made by several lawmakers – both Democrats and Republicans – were actually drafted by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies. According to the report, “it is unusual for so many revisions and extensions to match up word for word. It is even more unusual to find clear evidence that the statements originated with lobbyists.” Terry told the Omaha World Herald that he would avoid picking up lobbyists’ words in the future.

Editor’s note:  It should be noted that Jim Esch, who ran and lost twice to Congressman Terry (and who also was accused of plagiarism during the 2008 election) is a member of the VOICE Steering Committee.