Saturday, November 01, 2008

Joe The Plumber Must Be Destroyed, Update II

Obama supporter Helen Jones-Kelley is still busy trying to deny that her invasive back ground checks on Joe Werzelbacher were politically motivated.

Ha, ha. Tell us another one, Helen.

Now that Ms. Jones-Kelley is unexpectedly thrown into the public eye, especially as a state employee with the cash to donate $2,500 to the Obama campaign, she wouldn’t object if someone went through her state records looking for dirt, would she?

She meets her own criteria – someone now suddenly in the public view who is perceived by some bureaucrat to have more cash to throw around than they should for someone in their station in life.

The urge to move beyond elections to personal destruction of the opposition certainly seems to be a recurring theme among many Obama supporters.

Update: Toledo Police Records Clerk Julie McConnell charged with “Gross Misconduct for searching Joe’s records for a reporter. She’s awaiting a hearing between the City and AFSCME.

My guess is that AFSCME will insist on a promotion for Ms. McConnell for ratting out heretics who oppose The One.

Didn’t Liberals used to be outraged over this sort of abuse of police power?

Further Update: The coverup may be starting to unravel. From the Columbus Dispatch:

“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."
And what about the “routine” background checks on the Suddenly Suspicious to Bureaurcrats? Well, this 15 year employee and senior manager wasn’t aware of the practice:

“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

So, it’s now more that a tad plausible that along with Jones- Kelley, Carrie Brown, Assistant Deputy Director of Child Support, Doug Thompson, Deputy Director of Child Support, authorized and abused their power and ordered a possibly illegal search of Wurzelbacher’s records.

Exactly who authorized what is becoming less relevant as we’re now entering into who’s covering up for who.

Pretty courageous of Ms. Niekamp to come forward, considering what her bosses apparent lack of hesitiation in their attempt to deystroy Joe the Plumber.

Memo to Gov. Strickland: either a) you understand what’s happened here, and are implicated in the coverup, or b) these folks are playing you for a schmuck. I suspect that it’s option b; the Gov. just bought into a story he’s been told. How’s being played make you feel, Gov.?

In either case, it’s time to learn from history. Specifically, the history of Richard Nixon. Had he canned all and sundry the minute he learned about the Watergate break in, plumbers unit, etc., etc., etc., he would have spared himself and potentially the country much misery. And McGovern still would have lost 40+ states.

2010 is right around the electoral corner. I wouldn’t expect the Republicans to forget this bit of petty fascism on the part of the Strickland administration 2010.