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Doublespeak, so to speak

Cobb County CEO Tim Lee put his name on a pro-police letter to the editor written by his assistant who, it turns out, didn’t write it, either.

Kellie Brownlow, who makes $105,000 a year in the executive role of deputy chief in Lee’s office, said she authored the letter for Lee, and acknowledged in an interview with the AJC that she took passages from Houlihan’s text. Brownlow said she did not tell Lee about using entire sentences from another source.

Brownlow said it is “common in political discourse for rhetorical phrases and language that concisely makes the point, or words that work, to be repeated.”

Actually, it is not common in political discourse for rhetorical phrases and language that concisely makes the point, or words that work, to be repeated.

What’s really sad is Brownlow probably worked for hours to come up with that nonsense.

“Well framed phrases and words are commonly repeated in public discourse. This was a letter to the editor, not an academic paper,” Brownlow said.

Imagine her blog posts.

Her boss Hogg  didn’t seem too bothered by his assistant’s dishonesty.

Lee did not answer directly when asked Tuesday if it is acceptable for his deputy chief to plagiarize in his name: “I’m not sure where you’re going, but it doesn’t change the intent of the message, and that’s all I have to say about that.”

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