Online vandals rewrite Tedisco’s Wikipedia page
ALBANY >> Republican Assemblyman and state Senate candidate Jim Tedisco’s Wikipedia page has been vandalized by some people who apparently are not fans.
“James Nicholas Tedisco (born July 15, 1950) is a career politician who has been on the public dole for more than three decades,” the re-edited entry for the “Jim Tedisco” page read on Saturday. “He has never been in the majority and has been considered by many as a total failure.”
The original entry said only that Tedisco “is an American politician.”
The site’s logs show that the change was made shortly after midnight Thursday, from an IP address on Long Island. It was changed back the original wording on Saturday.
Then it was once again re-edited to include this description: “He’s well-known for proposing ridiculous legislation on hot-button issues such as powdered alcohol and clown costumes.”
The change was made early Sunday from an IP address in Loudonville, Albany County.
Tedisco, R-Glenville, expressed dismay Saturday about the vandalism. “People can ambush and they are not very concerned about the facts,” Tedisco said, citing his current sponsorship of a bill to term limit legislators to six two-year terms.
He said the vandalism is the downside of digital communications and new technologies. “That’s a negative aspect of it and how you control it, I don’t know.”
Tedisco, who was first elected to the Assembly in 1982, is now running for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna. His opponent is Chad Putman, a Schenectady City Hall deputy clerk who is making his first run for elected office.
They are running in the 49th Senate district that goes from south of Long Lake, through the Adirondack wilderness areas, down to the Johnstown Glove rs ville, then east to Schenectady and the Southern Saratoga County area.
Vandalism to Wikipedia pages is nothing new, since anyone can edit them unless special restrictions are put into place to limit authorized editors to a small group of vetted Wikipedia contributors.
The Bill and Hillary Clinton Wikipedia pages were also vandalized this month, with an X-rated picture and racist language. The page was quickly repaired and subsequently locked to prevent similar attacks.
In Tedisco’s case, the wiki-vandal targeted his long career as an elected official, Tedisco, who is 66, served on the Schenectady city council prior to running for the Legislature 33 years ago.
The Legislature overall is dead-set against term limits to prevent such long careers, and the topic has become an issue in an Assembly race in adjoining district.
Republican Chris Boyark, R-Mechanicville, sent out a mailer this weekend promising to “Clean Up Our Corrupt Capitol” and promising support for three issues.
The first was “Term limits, because representing people should be a service not a racket.” The other two involved pension forfeiture and long prisons for big-rigging on public contracts.
Boyark, a Saratoga County Republican committeeman, is challenging Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake.
State Assemblyman James Tedisco speaks to reporters last May after announcing his candidacy for the 49th Senate District seat.