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Checks On Joe The Plumber ‘Not Routine’

More actually real life investigative reporting from the Columbus Dispatch:

State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber

Friday,  October 31, 2008

By Randy Ludlow

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.

Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland and Jones-Kelley, both supporters of Democrat Barack Obama, have denied political motives in checking on Wurzelbacher. The Toledo-area resident later endorsed McCain. State officials say any information on “Joe” is confidential and was not released.

Today, Strickland press secretary Keith Dailey said neither the governor’s office nor Job and Family Services officials could comment due to an ongoing investigation by Ohio’s inspector general.

Republican legislators have called the checks suspicious and Jones-Kelley’s reason for them flimsy. They are demanding to know whether state computers were accessed in an attempt to dig up dirt on Wurzelbacher.

Jones-Kelley has revealed that her agency also checked to see if Wurzelbacher was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes. “Joe the Plumber” has said he is not involved in a child-support case.

About 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, Niekamp said Carrie Brown, assistant deputy director for child support, asked her to run Wurzelbacher through the computer. Citing privacy laws, Niekamp would not say what, if anything, was found on “Joe.”

On Oct. 23, Niekamp said Doug Thompson, deputy director for child support, told her she had checked on “Joe the Plumber.” Thompson “literally demanded” that she write an e-mail to the agency’s chief privacy officer stating she checked the case for child-support purposes, she said.

Thompson told her that Jones-Kelley said Wurzelbacher might buy a plumbing business and could owe support. Thompson said he replied that he “would check him out.”

Niekamp, 38, a senior child-support manager, said she never heard any discussion of politics amid what her supervisors told her about the checks on Wurzelbacher.

Worried about her $69,000-a-year job and potential criminal charges, the 15-year state employee said she went to Inspector General Thomas P. Charles on Oct. 24. She has seen employees fired, and dismissed one herself, for illegally accessing personal information in support cases. Niekamp, a registered Republican, said politics played no role in what she told investigators.

The e-mail that Niekamp said she wrote was not among records provided today to The Dispatch in response to a public-records request. Nor did the agency, as required by state law, say it withheld any records.

Strickland spokesman Dailey later said one e-mail was withheld from The Dispatch because its release is prohibited by federal or state laws that forbid the release of information on the state’s child-support system. Daily said he was neither confirming nor denying the existence of a case on Wurzelbacher.

This story alone should be enough to warn people off of electing any more Democrats.

Let alone giving them control of our entire federal government.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 31st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Checks On Joe The Plumber ‘Not Routine’”

  1. brad says:

    Where is BUSH? My god, if I was president, I would have legions of my legal team flying all over that place deposing people, charging people, cutting deals and prosecuting the guilty. What is wrong with that guy? Has he just given up on his 2nd term all together?

    Also, as top commander of law enforcement, I would have been on site and watching both the DNC AND RNC, (conventions) and would have thrown anarchist in jail one after the other, ALSO the police who violated the law. That one cop who choked a journalist for standing on the sidewalk doing a report?–Jailed/ Fired!

    1st term–good
    2nd term–asleep at the wheel man…

  2. crosspatch says:

    The DoJ is full of Clinton appointees and every time Bush has tried to get rid of one, his staff gets hauled in front of Congress and their email ends up leaked to the Washington Post or New York Times. Bush’s mistake was in not purging the Clinton appointees in his first 100 days of office. People would not have batted an eyelash. It would be part of the “transition”. You think Obama is going to allow a single Bush appointee to remain in the DoJ? He is going to do just like Clinton did, fire every single US Attorney. Every single one of them in one fell swoop and stack the deck with “his” people. Bush didn’t do that. He left Justice, State, even the intelligence community alone. We ended up with 911. When he tried to get rid of a handful of people, Congress initiated hearings which have probably never been completely adjourned to this day..

    DoJ isn’t going to work very hard in prosecuting Democrat corruption or wrongdoing. Witness William “Cold Cash” Jefferson. Still not prosecuted. The DoJ is basically an arm of the DNC these days. You only have to worry about them if you are Republican and get caught playing footsie in a mens room. If you are a Democrat and whore your mistress out to campaign contributors, you have nothing to worry about.

  3. DEZ says:

    I am surprised this was published, and its great that it saw print, regardless, this stunt was done with malicious intent from the start, with full intent to be to be leaked to the press.
    I would bet dollars to donuts that the press is complicit in this clear violation of privacy, but hey they have their overlords to answer to.
    Funny how the left panics when Bush orders a wire tap on terrorists without a warrant, but the DNC and the media have no qualms about such open and malicious violations to suit their own self serving agendas.

  4. Retired Geek says:

    Obama’s Personal National Security Force

    “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set,” he said. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”
    Barack Obama Speech July 2, 2008 Colorado Springs CO
    Barack Obama said: ‘civilian national security force’.

    Civilian – Would MOT include military or other Law Enforcement agencies.
    National – Would NOT recognize State Boundaries.
    Security – Security for what?
    Force – This word usually denotes power and authority.

    Why does Barack Obama want a Civilian Security Force?
    1) Just as powerful as the Military.
    2) Just as strong as the Military.
    3) Just as well funded as the Military.

    What will Barack Obama have this ‘Civilian National Security Force’ do?

    Help in hurricanes or other disasters? – we already have the state National guard.

    Some have said ‘The National Guard is in Iraq and Afghanistan’ but Barack Obama plans to have them home less than halfway through the Obama administration.

    If you think that ‘Joe the Plumber’ is unduly investigated now wait until the ‘Big O’ force is in place.

    We will begin to hear about people like ‘Joe the Plumber’ disappearing.

  5. Retired Geek says:

    Barack Obama’s clarion call is to “Sacrifice for the Common Good” – to redistribute wealth, as Obama said to ‘Joe the Plumber’, “letting those behind catch up”.

    Who are these citizens that Obama will invest the money of those who work in?

    Hard working people that need ‘Just a Helping Hand’ to catch up?

    Hard working students that need help to finish or continue their brilliant educations?

    NO, Barack Obama wants to invest OUR money in criminals, those chronically unemployed and those students that have low levels of student academic achievement.

    That is like picking the poorest performing stocks one can find and investing their retirement and 401K money in failure – hoping to help those companies that are on a course of bankruptcy, complete their goals.

    Those who work get to help criminals pursue their careers, those that won’t work, continue not working (with some walking around money) and enable drug users, alcoholics and other addicts to continue their lifestyles.

    “Establish 20 Promise Neighborhoods: Obama will create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in cities across the nation that have high levels of poverty and crime and low levels of student academic achievement.” Barack Obama, Blueprint for Change

    Barack Obama’s ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ = ‘Investing in Failure’ = coming to America with anyone who works help.

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    If you think Joe the plumber was an isolated incident….think again. Ten to one the regular posters on this site have been listed for the investigations that are sure to follow the coronation of the purchased, er, I mean chosen one. And even more chilling, there will come a time all too soon where when you sign on to S&L, you will get that 404 error screen telling you that your news will now have to come from the “real” media, and any dissent will no longer be tolerated.

    I rue that day though, because if that happens, I will stop looking for news, and start to create it.

    There are some things that are just worth it….and yeah, I may be a drop in the bucket, but if enough drops join together they form an immense flood that may well cleanse this country of the filth that passes for our so called elected leaders. There is an evil upon us of unprecedented proportions, and to ignore it is to allow it. I just wish I could be around to see how it ends.

  7. 1sttofight says:

    We will watch the lovely Sarahcuda open the Senate in 2009.

    Put it in the bank.

  8. wardmama4 says:

    SJ – read the book – Good always triumphs over evil – in the end. It is just debatable as to whether we are at the beginning, middle or end of times.

    For the first time – a national ‘poll’ is showing McCain ahead (Zogby 48 to 47%) – this does not bode well for The One ™ – as at this point he should be double digits ahead – and even that would not guarantee him a win (just ask Gore and Kerry).

    Be not of faint heart – I still believe that We The People aren’t in the minority but are in the majority. We are just too busy working hard, playing hard and spending time with our families to protest, poll and whine about the state of our lives (which in reality we would only whine about the rise of corrupt gov and higher taxation). . .Keep the faith.

  9. proreason says:

    A plumber has undergone more scrutiny in a few weeks than Barack Obama has undergone in 2 years……and that includes the unqualified journalist, Sean Hannity.

    This is what the Obama Brown Shirts will do for all of us.

    Get your acts together, and if that isn’t possible in retrospect, watch your tongues.

  10. pinandpuller says:

    Gird your loins?

  11. 1sttofight says:

    If it comes to that, they better hope they get to me before I get to them.

  12. proreason says:

    Sweetness and Light will be a bellweather site for revenge of the angry left. The regular mentions by Coulter and Rush are not a good sign for SG’s long-term viability.

    If it lasts 6 months, I’ll be surprised.

    Does SG have our email addresses in his records? I’ve had some unusual “computer events” recently, but I post at several sites.

    Barry will want to “bring us together” by ruthlessly eliminating dissent.

  13. 1sttofight says:

    Does SG have our email addresses in his records? I’ve had some unusual “computer events” recently, but I post at several sites.

    Yes he does, so what?
    Yes , I have had some “computer events” lately too. Seems the whole world is interested in making my dick bigger and making my house payment smaller. A computer is just a machine and it does do strange things sometimes, just like your car, toaster, microwave, TV, ect does.
    If you are skeered, just say so. As for me I will stand guard for you.
    You have fell into a nest of Real American Patriots and we don’t back down.
    True Patriots have died in battle by the thousands for thousands of years to protect what is theirs and yours, This is no different.

    Personally I look forward to it. I have lived a long and interesting life and I will not live much longer anyway.
    I had rather die with my boots on than in a gov controlled camp.
    I am locked and loaded, many of them will die before I do.

    Bring it on Barry.

  14. sheehanjihad says:

    proreason….what 1st said. It aint gonna be as easy as they think.

  15. DEZ says:

    I have a genuine imitation SJ taterstick and a few other nice toys, Obama’ minions are not gonna be happy if they play their games in the USA.

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