Monday, October 02, 2006

Should I be Nervous?

Should I be nervous about this, and is this illegal?

So, for a while now I have been writing posts about Tom Davis that are pretty negative, but I never thought it would come to this. Someone using a House.gov IP (using the internet in the capitol or from one of the House office buildings) has started to do opposition research, on me.

Let me be clear on this, someone, not from a campaign office, but using a federal computer, on federal property (and presumably on federal payroll) has been investigating me. (see picture at end of diary for documentation)

Now I can't prove that this was a Tom Davis staffer, only that it was a House Member or staffer. But I find this completely unacceptable.

I don't pay taxes to be researched and possibly attacked by government officials.

I'm not really sure exactly how Tom Davis feels about Civil Liberties because he missed the torture bill vote, but I do know that he supports the patriot act.



Nate de la Piedra is the Online Outreach Coordinator for the Andrew Hurst for Congress 2006 Campaign. The ideas expressed herein belong to Nate de la Piedra and do not necessarily represent those of Andrew Hurst, his advisors, staff, or "The Campaign".

5 comments:

Not Larry Sabato said...

It's not illegal for Congressional staff to follow what's going on in the district- but it is kind of strange they are interested in you. Of course, it could also be a Democratic staffer trying to figure out who the blogger is for the candidate in their district- but again that's a little odd.

Jack Landers said...

I think you're jumping to conclusions. Someone in the House might just have found something you wrote interesting and wants to read more of your stuff. Or maybe he forgot the name of your blog and googled your name to find it. It's not as though googling someone's name is particularly underhanded thing to do.

Alice Marshall said...

I asked a friend of mine and he said it was sufficeintly gray that it is not illegal. More court of public opinion than court of law.

Bryan J. Scrafford said...

I think this simply goes to show that Davis (or someone on the Hill) knows that Andy is putting up a good fight. Therefore, they feel threatened and are trying to see what you have to say.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, Tom Davis is the one who is nervous. Andy's got him on the run.