In a press release the ILGOP pointed out that Callis, a former Madison County judge, has sections on her campaign website "plagiarized" from another Democrat, Staci Appel, who is running for Congress in Iowa.
In "two sections of her 'issues' page, Callis’ entire position on 'Women’s Health' and 'Alternative Energy' are nearly identical to the positions on the website of Appel.
“Ann Callis thinks she deserves to be your Congresswoman, but she has to steal someone else’s words to tell you why,” said Jack Dorgan, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. “Callis owes the people of the 13th District an explanation, not an excuse.” The IL GOP found:
- A total of at least 186 words have been copied directly from Staci Appel’s page, in four different issue sections: “Pragmatic Leadership,” “Education,” “Alternative Energy,” and “Women’s Health.”
- Ann Callis’ issues page went live on January 9, 2014, more than two full weeks after Staci Appel’s (12/24/13, per Web.Archive.Org).
Two sections the IL GOP pointed out that are very similar to the Iowa Democrat's:
Immediately following the Women's Health section, but not pointed out by the IL GOP, Callis' website gives her views on the Second Amendment - and in this one, she boasts how her views are similar to Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's views:
The 13th CD is a tossup district in which Rodney Davis won by 1002 votes against Democrat Dr. David Gill in 2012.