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Enemy of the State: checks on Joe the Plumber more extensive than thought

Thou shalt not question The One. Because:
A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks "questionable" and said he awaits more answers. "It's kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket," he said.
Indeed. Jones-Kelley - a max'ed out Barack Obama donor - continues to maintain that there was no funny business involved, something that seems extremely unlikely.

10/31/08 UPDATE: From this:
Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16 [at about 3 p.m.], she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.

...The senior manager would not learn about "Joe" for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry.

...Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. "I've never done that before, I don't know of anybody in my office who does that and I don't remember anyone ever doing that," she said today.
More, including contradictory statements, at the link.

Politics · Wed, 10/29/2008 - 18:40 · Importance: 1

Thu, 10/30/2008 - 06:15
eh

_...a max'ed out Barack Obama donor..._ She's also black (for those who don't know/haven't yet made the effort to find out), which IMO is just as important as the fact that she's an Obama supporter. Although I guess the two are practically synonymous.

Thu, 10/30/2008 - 16:20
Edward

As a black female democrat maxed out Obama supporter and civil servant, she is untouchable. Her actions on behalf of the One, releasing private records to the media, are thus entirely moral, beyond question or consequence. Change the scenario to white male republican maxed out McCain donor. He would already be in handcuffs, being waterboarded by the media.

Thu, 10/30/2008 - 22:31
petty bourgeois

Joe the Plumber should sue this pathetic fat ass bureaucract within an inch of her life.

Fri, 10/31/2008 - 01:00
Unnamed

I personally know about what The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will do !!! You see I worked for them for many years...Child Support even which I didn't know was involved... till I read this ad...and now I am ONLY MORE ANGRY to find that out !!!! When I became disabled, there were small duties I could no longer do, but could do other ways, such as sitting ect, which they refused. According to ADA, if they had other jobs available that I could do, they would be required to consider me for those...I applied for even lower pay, but they denied me. They laughed and told me, my doctor notes were NOT real even though, they were from specialists and plentiful and the name, address, and phone number was clearly on them. They took employees behind closed doors and questioned them about me, looking for dirt !!!! One of my friends who worked with me told me this, that my boss had done this !!! They did this for about four years as I struggled to keep my job. You see they DID reassign me, and they DID have available jobs, but out of pure spite and evil refused to consider to let me try them or even give me a chance even though I was more than qualified. Before you think I was a marginal employee, that could not be further than the truth....I had a letter of job recommendation previous to the time from my superiors and was enrolled in employer paid college where I was on the Deans List ALL terms taking Social Service and Business related classes. So no, it wasnt that! I did my job and well...but I wasnt perfect any longer. They did many things, FORCED mental counseling in which, nothing was found wrong with me, but they considered me "crazy" cause I stood against them and FOUGHT. They wrote me up for things I didnt do, they twisted words to appear as "threats"....they did all they could to take me down.....the union did not much as they were very powerful. I fought the battle primarily ON MY OWN for several years. I had filed an ADA complaint against them and basically WON....they HAD to reassign me....when that happened for a short while...all was well and I was treated with respect and fully did my job and did it well.... Then, a new Supervisor took over the unit...she began asking lots of questions about me and my position....and why I was assigned certain things ....because I was assigned some grunt work noone else wanted in exchange for things I couldnt do which was minimal in the new position...NOONE ELSE was complaining....they were HAPPY to NOT DO the jobs I was doing....and YET they made ISSUE OUT OF IT!!!! Of course, I wrote everywhere...the County offices, the state offices....ect...I was encouraged to talk to their attorney to look over my issues, by the union without ANYONE there to defend me...a mistake! So obviously, it was BIG right? I fought like Joe and stood by who I was and what I believed in....yet they wanted to fire and humiliate me...I fought hard and DID last longer than Joe...so YOU KNOW I was a tr