Friday, November 14, 2008

Joe The Plumber – Is There Any Ohio Agency That Didn’t Investigate This Guy?

If there is, they probably feel left out.

Ace is now reporting that six separate state agencies have been busy searching Joe the Plumber’s records to provide the Obama campaign and media fodder.

Now that the agency count is climbing, the Governor had better act pretty quickly to clean up this mess before his office is tied to it as well.

It’s not just Obama Fundraiser Helen Jones-Kelley; Attorney General Nancy Rogers’ office* was also in on the action. From the Beacon-Journal:

“The department's first search of the day was unsuccessful because of incorrect information about the individual, Kohlstrand said. Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers' office then contacted taxation because it was having difficulty accessing the database, Kohlstrand said. After the two agencies talked, taxation completed a successful search.

Kohlstrand said that the AG's office wanted access to the records so they could turn over to the national media lien information that was a public record in Lucas County. He said the national media did not have reporters in Toledo, so the attorney general's office was helping them out with public records.”

And why is the AG so anxious to “protect” JTP, even without his request?

Kohlstrand then goes on to issue a statement that probably generated gasps of admiration from Pravda:

“’We are not aware of any inappropriate browsing of information by anyone in our department pertaining to Mr. Wurzelbacher,' Kohlstrand said.”

Well, everything’s ok then; have the temerity to question The One, and having half a dozen state agencies go through your records to help the media attempt to destroy your reputation isn’t inappropriate.

* Wasn’t she brought in by Gov. Strickland to clean up the Marc Dann Mess? This certainly seems like the culture of corruption in the AG’s office is much deeper.

Apparently the only way to fix the AG’s office is to fire all of the existing staff, fumigate the place, and start over from scratch.