Ohio Employee Ordered To Snoop In Joe’s Records

As DrewM points out at Ace of Spades HQ, Team McCain needs to have an ad out on this in Ohio. Heck, they should put together a national ad, showing what life would be like under an Obama presidency, where, if you disagree, you will be investigated

Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.

Niekamp didn’t know she just had checked on “Joe the Plumber,” who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain’s example in a debate of an average American.

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.

The reason Niekamp said she was given for checking if there was a child-support case on Wurzelbacher does not match the reason given by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are “thrust into the public spotlight,” amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.

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.

First of all, as has been said many times, isn’t this grounds for a criminal investigation of Jones-Kelley? Unauthorized access to personal records? Second, isn’t this a violation of the code of conduct for Ohio employees? I work for a really, really big company, and it would be grounds for discipline up to and including termination. And I have seen this in action. Not against me, but, other employees. This goes for other companies, as well. Of the employees involved, the only ones not terminated were those who owned up to it and had clean records. Jones-Kelley lied.

Third, wasn’t it the Left who pitched hissy fits over a simple program that cross-referenced phone numbers called to determine if there were terrorism links, and no other personal data was provided without an actual warrant? Yes, they did.

Anyhow, Sue, Joe, Sue!

Others: Michelle Malkin, Don Surber, Ms Placed Democrat, The Underground Conservative

More: Captain Ed

Niekamp told the Dispatch that she’s seen people get fired for unauthorized records checks, and that she herself fired one employee for the violation of public trust.  This has gone beyond just a mere firing.  It now looks as though Helen Jones-Kelley’s staff engaged in an attempt to obstruct justice, and Jones-Kelley’s lie about the Famous People Records Check appears to be part of it.

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3 Responses to “Ohio Employee Ordered To Snoop In Joe’s Records”

  1. Tracy Pfau says:

    This is a letter I sent to Ms. Helen Jones-Kelly today:

    Re: Director (?) Helen Jones-Kelly,

    You should be fired on the spot. You are the very reason that I hate government now. If you are a REAL leader you should go on national television and apologize to Mr. Wurzelbacher and the American people and then you should step down. As a woman, I can say in my humble opinion you have lowered the “glass ceiling” for all of us too. You acted on emotion and gossip and you acted as a follower, not a LEADER. You embody the problems that is our government in America today.

    Ma’am, never, ever assume that your actions won’t come back to bite you.

    Do the correct action. Resign, apologize and take responsibility for your inestimably horrific decision to give up Mr. Wurzelbacher’s privacy.

    You sicken me.

    Sincerely,
    Tracy Pfau

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