Critics Target DLP, Gardiner With Wikipedia Changes Over Gun Opposition

Feb 19, 2016

Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Senate President Andy Gardiner
Credit Florida Senate

A key Florida Senator is refusing to take up several gun-related proposals and he, along with the Senate President, are catching flak for it on Wikipedia. 

The wiki page of Republican Senator Miguel Diaz De la Portilla has undergone several changes in the past week over his decision not to take up the gun bills.

The Florida House of Representatives has approved bills allowing people to carry guns on public college and university campuses, and carry them openly across the state. But the measures are as good as dead in the Senate, because Republican Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, is refusing to take them up. Diaz de la Portila chairs the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. The changes were made by users TheRealTruth82 and LMH74 who both citied blog posts critical of Diaz de la Portilla.

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WMFE News Director Catherine Welch caught this change, made to the wikipedia account of Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla.
Credit Catherine Welch / WMFE

WMFE News Director Catherine Welch first caught the change to Sen. Diaz de la Portilla's wikipage.

The page of Senate President Andy Gardiner was also changed, with both men’s office numbers posted. 

Friday, Senate spokeswoman Katie Betta made further changes to both Gardiner and Diaz de la Portilla’s pages after becoming aware of the language. The new changes include statements that both men have earned “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association.

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