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Federal Staff Scrubbing Ellen Tauscher's Website after SFist Story?

by: Bob Brigham

Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 10:30:14 AM PST

Yesterday, the SFist covered the CA-10 campaign (noting, "Oh, it's on."). But the editor also focused on the notorious photo of Bush and Tauscher:

BTW- that photo isn't from her meeting. It's from 2002 when she was about to agree with the Iraq War resolution. Expect that photo to be all over the political blogs like the Britney sans panties photos were on the gossip sites.

Last night the story hit google news and now the photo has been disappeared from Tauscher's federally funded, official government website.

Bob Brigham :: Federal Staff Scrubbing Ellen Tauscher's Website after SFist Story?
I downloaded the photo on Monday, but it is there no more. Here is there URL of where it was, as I noted on Monday:


If you do a Google Image search for that URL (right now), it is still in their cache and this is what you will see:

But if you click through, you are taken to the Official Congressional page not found page.

I really don't know what to think. Photos online don't just disappear unless somebody (in this case a federal employee) takes the time to remove -- or scrub -- the website of the photo. Why did this happen? Is this even legal?

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here is the photo with the url where it used to appear (0.00 / 0)

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Damn (0.00 / 0)
it is gone.  They totally scrubbed it.  I did notice at least one visit from the House in my logs on Ruck Pad.  I assume it was Tauscher's people.

poof (0.00 / 0)
It had been up there for more than four years.

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Can we put this in paper mache? (0.00 / 0)
I'm not sure of the name, but I'm going to put "the sensual caress" out there. :)

I think?

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Shall we dance? (0.00 / 0)
She knows she doesn't want to be THAT much in the "middle."

Yes, this definitely has the whiff of some sort of impropriety.  I assume that Congresscritters have SOME control (if not complete) of their official house websites, so I don't think we can really cry foul.

But it CERTAINLY does show a deliberate attempt to distance herself from Bush, which is pretty telling.  If it was done as a complete revamp of that page, that would have been one thing, but to remove the ONE image is awfully telling.  Something special.

Something to remember.

Unwise, But Hardly Illegal (0.00 / 0)
Please, it is hardly illegal to update a web site.

It was unwise -- since that action has added to the flames of this controversy.

And, yes, Rep. Tauscher is distancing herself from President Bush. She has been for a couple years.

Isn't that your goal?

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