Plagiarism:

Researcher: McInnis Lying About Plagiarism

McInnis has spent the week brushing off the plagiarism allegations as a minor issue, even as calls escalated for him to own up to his mistakes and pay back $300,000 he received to write the essays. McInnis said he takes the allegations seriously, but doesn't believe voters will hold it against him.

Oh, I do think this damaged his reputation...

NY Times Article: Plagiarism Lines Blur in Digital Age