Name That Party: Daily Beast Notes Sen. Walsh Dropping Out of Race, Omits That He's Democrat

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet digest this afternoon noted how Sen. John Walsh (D-Montana) is dropping his election bid thanks to a plagiarism scandal. Walsh was appointed in February to fill the seat vacated by Max Baucus (D) and faced a special election in November to fill out the balance of Baucus's term. had been seeking election to a full six-year term of his own.

Yet nowhere in the brief item did editors find space to note that Walsh is a Democrat. You can see the screen capture below the page break. Here's the item excerpted in full:

In the wake of a plagiarism scandal, Senator John Walsh of Montana said Thursday that he is pulling out of the race for his seat because his campaign is too distracted by the controversy. The New York Times reported in July that Walsh plagiarized large portions of a U.S. Army War College research paper in 2007 for his graduate degree. Walsh, who was appointed to the seat when Max Baucus quit, will serve out the rest of his term until January 2015. “I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator,” Walsh said in a statement to supporters. “You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will.”

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.