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Joe the Plumber Violated by Hyphenated Bureaucrat

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By Antipelagian
Dec. 18, 2008 

Joe the Plumber (aka Sam “Joe” Wurzelbacher) will be etched in the memory of Americans for roughly 9 more minutes. I will remember a bit longer since I hail from the same town in Northwest Ohio that Joe the Plumber calls his abode.

 On the one hand, we saw McCain/Palin capitalize on the little guy taking on Barack Obama. On the other, we saw “the political machine” in action, making certain to air Joe Wurzelbacher’s confidential records before the nation in an attempt to discredit him.

I’m not terribly interested in what Joe said to Obama, and I’m not terribly interested in how the McCain/Palin campaign tried legitimizing themselves with Joe’s story.

I am interested, however, in how the state of Ohio has dealt with this situation. Joe’s confidential records were accessed by the Toledo Police Department upon request of the media. The program accessed is called LEADS, and is only to be used under strict guidelines:

Data accessed through LEADS, NCIC, NLETS and other intra-state systems is restricted to the use of duly authorized law enforcement and/or criminal justice agencies and is not to be sold, transmitted or disseminated to any non-law enforcement agency, non-criminal justice agency or unauthorized person.

Taken from Maggie Thurber’s blog

Not only was LEADS accessed illegally in Toledo, but Jones-Kelly, director of the Department of Job and Family Services in Dayton, worked with the Obama campaign in a number of ways including raising funds for Obama and using tax-payer supported time to do so. Besides this, she authorized access of Wurzelbacher’s confidential records to find “dirty” laundry:

She later disclosed that state computers also were used to conduct checks to determine if Wurzelbacher was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes.


state child-support computers were checked for potential information on Wurzelbacher…

Taken from The Columbus Dispatch.

Now why bring up old items, I mean, the campaign is over after all. Sure. But shouldn’t we be alarmed at how people can be destroyed when it suits the political interests of whoever has access to private information? It pisses me off!

Governor Strickland didn’t fire Jones-Kelley for either of these misuses of the State’s resources. I can understand that with the emails, but violating the rights of an Ohioan???? She got a slap on the wrist. To make things even worse, she resigned from her position while using a ploy to look like a martyr:

“…It is with sadness and clarity that I have decided to resign my position as director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The decision comes after having a time of pause, in which I realize that I continue to be used as a political postscript, providing a distraction from urgent state priorities.

Taken from her resignation letter found here.

Yes Helen, you certainly took the high ground. You’re only interested in urgent state priorities, which is why you campaigned for a Federal election during State time.  It’s unfortunate that your illegal activities which included violating the rights of a citizen of the STATE of Ohio is being used for political points…after all, the violation of Joe Wurzelbacher’s rights was supposed to garner political points for Obama, not backfire on you! Somebody call me a whaaaambulance!


Written by antipelagian

December 18, 2008 at 2:21 am

4 Responses

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  1. Joe was interviewed on CNN this morning by John Roberts. At one point, Wurtzelbacker accused Roberts of being part of the ‘left-wing media.’ Roberts shot back, “What do you know of my political persuasion?” At that Wurtselbacker garbled something, did a mea-culpa, and blathered more nonsense.

    What a grand idiot representing Toledo, Ohio!


    December 23, 2008 at 10:35 am

  2. Mud_Rake,
    you have a penchant for not reading anything.

    Please read the entry and get back with me…is it about Joe Wurzelbacher primarily? Is this about how great I may or may not think Joe is?

    Are you proud of the representatives we have in our Ohio government? Are you proud the TPD will breach protected information when the media requests it?


    December 23, 2008 at 11:15 am

  3. Another personal attack. Is this your MO, pal? Apparently you are hyper-sensitive about people making comments about your posting. perhaps you should ‘close comments’ on your posts so that no one can give a counter argument.

    If you will look more closely at my comment I was commenting about what I saw on CNN and not your petty ‘Hyphenated Bureaucrat’ reference.


    December 23, 2008 at 8:33 pm

  4. “Another” personal attack? Please cite where I attacked you in my previous comment, mud_rake.


    December 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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