Wednesday, August 22, 2007

House Ethics Committee Probes Rep. Davis Aide

The U.S. House Ethics Committee will investigate the actions of Congressman David Davis' PR man, Timothy Hill over his malicious edits to WikiPedia, according to MensNewsDaily:

Timothy Hill is the congressional press secretary working for U.S. Representative David Davis (R, TN-1) in Washington, D.C.

This news story originally broke as an article appearing within the August 11, 2007 edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) in which Hill first denied any personal involvement in the "blanking" vandalism of the Wikipedia articles David Davis (Tennessee politician) and Matthew Hill (Matthew Hill is a Representative within the Tennessee General Assembly and older brother of the press secretary) during a first interview with a KNS reporter. Hill later called back the KNS reporter for a second interview in which he reportedly admitted to using a government computer within the Washington, D.C. congressional office of U.S. Rep. David Davis to "edit" both the David Davis and Matthew Hill Wikipedia articles .

Hill repeatedly blanked six to eight paragraphs of reference text at each article pertaining to both U.S. Davis' and Tennessee Rep. Matthew Hill's political lobbying and/or campaign finance connections to Altace, Hoechst AGand former King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CEO John M. Gregory. Hill's Wikipedia article edits were then linked through the article histories back to Rep. Davis's congressional office via an IP (internet protocol) number to the U.S. House of Representatives Information System."


"There is also an IP number indication that U.S. Rep. David Davis' congressional office has also been anonymously "shadowing" online blogs with at least one blog (The Tennessee Waltz) originating in East Tennessee with content that was critical toward Rep. Davis for his voting against the federal 2007 Animal Fighting Prohibition Act."

If his office is tracking ALL the blogs/bloggers who have been critical of his actions in office, how busy will Davis and his staff be? And what is the point of such activity other than intimidation?

Kudos to The Editor for calling out Rep. Davis office for some questionable behavior.

(hat tip to ACK at Volunteer Voters for this report)

UPDATE: The KNS reports that Tim Hill will have to take some "Ethics Classes" for his stunt, though further disciplinary action is unlikely.


  1. I iz a whistle blower!

  2. Hill leaving post as Davis press secretary
    Kingsport Times News - Kingsport,TN,USA

    Published 11/16/2007 By Hank Hayes

    Timothy Hill, U.S. Rep. David Davis’ press secretary, will be leaving his position at the end of the year, Davis’ Chief of Staff Brenda Otterson said Thursday.

    In an e-mail, Hill said he wanted to pursue other career options.

    Otterson said Hill, who worked on Davis’ 2006 congressional campaign and started his job last January, will be missed.

    “Timothy has been a very good asset,” she said. “He acclimated to Washington quickly. He acclimated to all the various forms of news media.”

    But earlier this year, Hill used a congressional computer to delete information in the online Wikipedia biographies of Davis and his brother, state Rep. Matthew Hill. As a result, Timothy Hill was ordered by Otterson to take additional ethics training classes conducted by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.


    Woof, woof, woof...