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Sat Aug 25, 2012, 11:25 AM

2007 U.S. House WikiVandal Hill Updates Bio as TN GOP Delegate to Tampa Convention

Former Congressional Press Secretary Timothy Hill (seated right)
with one-term U.S. Rep. David Davis (center), 2007.

Northeast Tenn.’s Republican delegation heads to convention
Published August 24, 2012
By Gary B. Gray - Press Staff Writer

As Republican delegates begin the vote Monday in Tampa to nominate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president at the GOP national convention, an entourage of Northeast Tennessee legislators, delegates and alternates will be in attendance hoping for the perfect storm.

Coincidentally, Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to churn into a Category 1 hurricane and deliver 50-70 mph winds as it gathers speed and hits west Florida around the same time the nomination is scheduled to take place.

Regardless, Jonesborough Mayor and Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committee member Kelly Wolfe plans to be there with his wife to promote party ideals and do a little networking while family and friends house-sit until his return on Friday.

Wolfe said 66 executive committee members, plus delegates, alternates and those on a guest list by invitation only will be representing Tennessee, including Gov. Bill Haslam, a state delegate, and House Speaker Beth Harwell.

The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum beginning Monday and wrapping up Thursday with a speech by Romney. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the event.

“We’re flying out Sunday, and we’ll all be staying at the same hotel,” Wolfe said. “We’ll be about 30 minutes away from the convention center. We’ll have events through the week where we’ll interact and network with fellow Republicans.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a delegate; Tony Shipley, the Republican candidate for the state House 2nd District spot; state Rep. Matthew Hill and his brother, newly elected Timothy Hill, who won Republican bid for the 3rd District House seat on Aug. 2., will be among those making the trek.

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Entries on Wikipedia edited by Davis aide
Press secretary also admits deleting info on brother via federal computer

By Tom Humphrey
Posted August 11, 2007 at midnight

U.S. Rep. David Davis’ press secretary has acknowledged using a congressional office computer to delete unflattering information about his boss and his brother from biographies on an Internet encyclopedia.

The efforts of Timothy Hill have been deemed “blanking vandalism” by an editor for Wikipedia who detected the alterations to articles about Davis and state Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesboro. The state Democratic Party also criticizes the changes.

Hill said in an interview that he made a mistake that would not be repeated. He said he was not familiar with Wikipedia and its procedures and was simply trying to perform his job.

“My job is to make sure statements about my boss are truthful and, sometimes, as positive as possible,” he said. “That’s what I do.”

Hill said he regularly searches the Internet for references to Davis, a freshman Republican from Johnson City. When he came across the Wikipedia entry on the congressman, Hill said some of the information struck him as “inaccurate” and “trying to hurt my boss.”

“I tried to take it out (information he considered inaccurate) and replace it with accurate stuff,” he said.

His efforts were detected by a Wikipedia administrator who restored the text to its former version and later reported on the episode in an article for another Web site.

The changes to entries about Davis and Matthew Hill were made in June.

Part of the information Hill sought to delete involved political contributions to both his brother and Davis by former King Pharmaceuticals CEO John Gregory as well as other ties to the Gregory family...

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