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Ohio Official Gives Okay on Records Search of Joe the Plumber

October 28, 2008

It seems that an Ohio official approved the check on Joe the Plumber in the state child-support system, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Helen Jones-Kelly, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, confirmed today that she OK’d the check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher following the Oct. 15 presidential debate.

She said there were no political reasons for the check on the sudden presidential campaign fixture though the Support Enforcement Tracking System.

Amid questions from the media and others about “Joe the Plumber,” Jones-Kelley said she approved a check to determine if he was current on any ordered child-support payments.

Such information was not and cannot be publicly shared, she said. It is unclear if Wurzelbacher is involved in a child-support case. Reports state that he lives alone with a 13-year-old son.

“Our practice is when someone is thrust quickly into the public spotlight, we often take a look” at them, Jones-Kelley said, citing a case where a lottery winner was found to owe past-due child support. “Our practice is to basically look at what is coming our way.”

Someone gets famous and that makes it okay to run a check on the status of his child support payments?  Somehow, I doubt it – I think you need probable cause for that type of search.  At least it seems someone is checking this out:

Ohio Inspector General Thomas P. Charles confirmed today that he is investigating the incident to determine if “Joe”s” records were legally accessed by Job and Family Services employees.

The use of a state computer system to search for information on Wurzelbacher is the fourth uncovered by The Dispatch.

Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland [who appointed Jones-Kelly this past January] is satisfied that there are no political overtures to the check on Wurzelbacher, a spokesman said.

The fourth time???  Oh, and the Democrat governor is okay with this too – big surprise.

The thought of an Obama presidency gets scarier and scarier every day.  I really have very serious concerns about this guy and what he will do once he is in power – especially if the Democrats win more control in Congress.

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