Thursday, December 18, 2008
Helen Jones-Kelley, director of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services, resigned yesterday after she was caught red-handed examining the personal state records of Samuel Wurzelbacher, known as "Joe the Plumber." As well, two of her assistants will also not be returning to their jobs.
The worst part of this story is that Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a Doomocrat and an asshole, merely suspended Jones-Kelley for a month without pay after the state investigator found that she broke the law by accessing Wurzelbacher's secret files. She should have been fired.
And Strickland needs to be held to account. Wurzelbacher should sue him, Jones-Kelley, and the state for invasion of privacy.
Ohio official in 'Joe the Plumber' flap resigns
CINCINNATI – An Ohio agency director resigned Wednesday in the wake of a finding that she improperly used state computers to access personal information on the man who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign.
Two other officials who were suspended from their positions for their role in the computer search will not be returning to their jobs, an agency spokeswoman said.
Department of Job and Family Services Director Helen Jones-Kelley said in a statement accompanying her resignation that she won't allow her reputation to be disparaged and that she is concerned for her family's safety.
"This decision comes after 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," she said in her statement.
She could not be reached for additional comment Wednesday night.
Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Jones-Kelley for a month without pay after the Ohio Inspector General's office found in November that she improperly used state computers to find personal information on Samuel Wurzelbacher. The investigation also found that she conducted improper political fundraising activity for now President-elect Barack Obama.
"The governor values Helen Jones-Kelley's years of public service as a dedicated advocate for the most vulnerable among us," Strickland's spokesman Keith Dailey said Wednesday. "He understands her decision and accepts her resignation."
Aw, shucks! They are using me "as a political postscript" after I broke the law! Darn darn darn darn!
If this had been done by a Republican to a Democrat, there would have been national outrage. But when a black Doomocrat does it to a Republican, the media says, "Move on. Nothing to see here." In short, the same old horsecrappola.