You're not going to believe it:
He's probably somewhat embarrassed as well, I'd expect.
Puckett column flap reveals the extent of lobbyists' influence *
By Andrea Hopkins, Opinion Editor, Bristol Herald Courier
Somewhere in the halls of government, an army of wordsmiths-for-hire labor anonymously – churning out opinion columns, speeches and legislation for their bosses.
This, apparently, is the way it works in state capitals and the nation’s capital. So when state Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Lebanon, slapped his byline on a column that he didn’t write (at least not in the conventional sense of the word) he was merely following standard operating procedures.
But what's ok for public officials is frowned on in "civilian" life.
Puckett submitted the column to this newspaper, but we didn’t publish it. We made that decision because a nearly identical piece had been published in two other papers under the byline of Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, who has gained notoriety this session for his support of uranium mining in the state.
A version of the column identical to Puckett’s was published under [Delegate Steve] Landes’ byline in yet a third newspaper. That newspaper later ran a correction noting that the piece was written by a third party at the direction of Landes and Puckett.
Puckett and his staff seem somewhat apologetic about the entire incident. (link)
* "Puckett column flap reveals the extent of lobbyists' influence." Is that really what it reveals?