Congressman Deletes His Wikipedia 'Controversies'

Site quickly restores them about GOP's David Rivera
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 12:19 PM CDT
In this Oct. 20, 2010 file photo, Republican candidate for Congress David Rivera talks to reporters at an early voter location in Miami.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
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(Newser) – David Rivera’s been involved in a lot of controversies—so many that when Eric Cantor visited Miami last month, he refused to meet with him—but for a few minutes at a time, he’s had a clean slate on Wikipedia. Last month, Wikipedia editor “Lmveiga”—which is to say, Rivera’s press secretary, Leslie Veiga—went in and edited her boss's page, pasting in a list of “legislative accomplishments” straight from his campaign website, and deleting the entire “controversies” section, Politico reports.

Among the allegations in that section: That Rivera was named the defendant in a 1994 domestic abuse case (something he and the victim both say isn’t true), that he got into a car crash with a truck carrying fliers about that case, and that state law enforcement agencies are investigating $500,000 that a dog track paid to Rivera's mother after he lobbied for it as a state legislator. Wikipedia quickly restored the section, which was well-sourced. Veiga deleted them again, but it was again quickly restored. The page has now been locked, with the controversy section intact—complete with a line about Veiga’s attempts to edit it.

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