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Otten Issues Apology 

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Les Otten has issued an apology after his campaign was accused of plagiarism.The website Pine Tree Politics says an Otten quote on a federal education grant program was virtually the same as testimony given to lawmakers by Stephen Bowen of the Maine Heritage Policy Center.Otten’s campaign apologized on the website Augusta Insider, where his quote about the grant program was posted, calling it an error of omission.A staff member has also resigned following the accusation.Bowen originally said he didn’t believe the incident was an accident, but now says he’s satisfied that if Otten had known where the material came from, he would have attributed it.