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.The situation at the state level in Ohio is an absolute partisan nightmare, and that state officials sanctioned the unauthorized access of computer databases to drum up any kind of dirt on Joe Wurzelbacher is absolutely criminal.
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.
If state employees run checks on every person listed in newspaper stories as buying a business, "it must take a lot of people a lot of time to run these checks," he said. "Where do you draw the line?"
That no one in the state's Attorney General's office is going to prosecute these people to the fullest extent of the law is itself a dereliction of duty and a responsibility to the people of Ohio.
At a minimum, the Ohio governor should be demanding Helen Jones-Kelley's resignation or fire her for her actions immediately. There is no excuse for her actions, except that she thought it in the best interests of her chosen presidential preference, Sen. Barack Obama to see if there was any dirt on Wurzelbacher to attack him after he simply asked Obama a question on Obama's economic policy.
Obama's answers should be so thoroughly examined; instead, the media and the Obama partisans decided that the real issue was the guy who simply asked the candidate a question. This is an absolute chilling of free speech as Kelley's abusing her position of power for purely partisan purposes. There was absolutely no legitimate reason for her, or anyone else, to conduct state computer database searches on Wurzelbacher. None. She's admitted that her agency's searches were far more invasive than previously acknowledged, which was bad enough.
If only the media did as much work on the Obama campaign as they've done with Wurzelbacher.