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  • Gun threat against ‘Joe the Plumber’ warrants investigation

    06/03/2014 7:33:12 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 10 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | David Codrea
    While people are free to vent outraged fury at Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe “The Plumber” for the way he expressed himself to the parents of students slain by the Isla Vista killer after one blamed the NRA for the murders, that in itself does not warrant actual threats of violence against the man, with or without a gun.While vile, even the ugliest of death wishes, including those directed at Wurzelbacher’s family members, probably do not rise to the level of actionable threats. But at least one posted on his Joe for America website does, linked here with advance warning that...
  • Your dead kids don't trump my constitutional rights': Right-wing icon Joe the Plumber...

    05/27/2014 7:35:08 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/26/14 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    ...writes outrageous open letter to families of UCSB shooting victims Political mascot-turned-gun-advocate Samuel 'Joe the Plumber' Wurzelbacher wrote an open letter to grieving parents who lost their children to mass-murderer Elliot Rodger 'As harsh as this sounds,' he insisted on a conservative blog, 'your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights' to own guns Wurzelbacher was responding to Richard Martinez, who blamed his son's death on the NRA and 'craven, irresponsible politicians' He became a GOP sensation in 2008 when candidate Barack Obama told him at a campaign event that 'when you spread the wealth around' with taxes, 'it's good...
  • 'Joe The Plumber' Says Democrats 'Have A History Of Lynching Black Americans'

    10/26/2013 7:39:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Hunter Walker
    Samuel "Joe The Plumber" Wurzelbacher, the conservative activist and failed Ohio congressional candidate who rose to prominence after he had a campaign trail confrontation with President Barack Obama before his election in 2008, posted a tweet Friday accusing Democrats of having "a history of lynching Black Americans." Wurzelbacher's tweet was accompanied by a picture showing the word Democrat with the final "T" replaced by an image of a burning cross. The burning cross photo came from The Black Sphere, a site run by a conservative African-American writer named Kevin Jackson, who originally published the picture as a response to comments...
  • BOOM! ClashDaily.com Rebukes Megyn Kelly for Falsely Accusing Joe-The-Plumber of Racism.

    10/17/2013 8:05:37 AM PDT · by rhema · 49 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 10/17/13 | Steve Pauwels
    Megyn Kelly – I eagerly await your apology, retraction, whatever you want to call it, regarding the libelous insinuations you made last night (Tuesday, Oct 15) against Joe (“Joe the Plumber”) Wurzelbacher’s “bizarre” (your word) article about electing a “White Republican”. As I’m sure you probably now know, the column you sloppily referenced and misrepresented as Joe W.’s work was, in fact, a tongue-in-cheek piece written by a BLACK conservative, which Joe W. merely included on his news/opinion website. He didn’t write it. Your clear, snarky implication that he was guilty of racism is slander — again, a BLACK conservative...
  • 'Joe the Plumber' loses bid for Congress in Ohio

    11/07/2012 12:17:25 PM PST · by Coronal · 7 replies
    WFMJ ^ | 11/7/2012 | Coronal
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Joe the Plumber isn't Joe the Congressman. Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher (WUR'-zuhl-bahk-kur) lost his bid Tuesday for a U.S. House seat in northern Ohio. Veteran Democrat Marcy Kaptur beat the Republican in his first attempt to win public office.
  • 'Joe the Plumber' gaining ground in money race against Rep. Kaptur

    04/16/2012 3:51:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 16, 2012 | By Josh Lederman
    Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the congressional candidate known to most Americans as "Joe the Plumber," is gaining ground in the money race against Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio), the Democrat he will face in November. Wurzelbacher raised about $172,000 between January and March, and finished the quarter with more than $80,000 in the bank. That's not a huge sum — especially for a long-shot challenger taking on one of the longest-serving incumbents in the House.
  • Ohio's 'Joe the Plumber' gets GOP nod for Congress

    03/06/2012 9:53:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    WTOP 103.5 FM / AP report ^ | 3-7-2012 | Julie Carr Smyth
    Ohio's 'Joe the Plumber' gets GOP nod for Congress Wednesday - 3/7/2012, 12:41am ET By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio plumber thrust into national politics during the 2008 presidential campaign has won the Republican nomination in his home state as he makes a bid for Congress...
  • 'Joe the Plumber' launches congressional bid

    10/25/2011 6:03:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 25, 2011 | JOHN SEEWER
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Joe the Plumber is plunging into politics because he thinks it's about time America had a few mechanics, bricklayers and, yes, plumbers in Congress. Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher was thrust into the political spotlight after questioning Barack Obama about his economic policies during the 2008 presidential campaign. He officially launched his campaign for Congress in Ohio on Tuesday night.
  • 'Joe the Plumber' files for congressional run... Drudge Headline

    10/10/2011 10:05:41 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 79 replies
    CapitalNewYork/com ^ | 10/10/11 | Reid Pillifant
    Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," has formed a congressional campaign committee and filed a statement of candicacy, according to the Federal Election Commission's website. The filing for "Joe for Congress 2012" was just submitted on Friday, and the scanned file does not yet appear on the FEC's site, and went without notice, to my knowledge, until a couple of hours ago. The statement of candidacy isn't online yet, but it lists Wurzelbacher in Ohio's Ninth District, which has been held by Democrat Marcia Kaptur since 1983. Wurzelbacher floated the idea he might challenge Kaptur in 2010,...
  • Joe the Plumber: McCain Used Me (Thinks Obama is "Honest")

    02/15/2010 2:22:44 PM PST · by MissesBush · 76 replies · 2,311+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 02/15/10 | Christopher Weber
    Joe the Plumber became a household name during Sen. John McCain's 2008 campaign, but now the man also known as Sam Wurzelbacher has harsh words for the former Republican presidential candidate. "I don't owe him s---," Wurzelbacher said about McCain over the weekend. "He really screwed my life up is how I look at it." Wurzelbacher made the comments at a campaign event for state Republicans in Pennsylvania, according to radio reporter Scott Detrow "McCain was trying to use me," Wurzelbacher said. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy." He went on to say...
  • Joe the Plumber says John McCain 'really screwed my life up,' 'I don't owe him s---'

    Joe the Plumber is biting the hand that vaulted him into national prominence. "I don’t owe him s—. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it," Joe -- aka Samuel Wurzelbacher -- said of John McCain in an interview with Pennsylvania public radio correspondent Scott Detrow. "McCain was trying to use me. I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy." :::: He then reportedly went on to announce that his enmity towards the 2008 GOP presidential candidate is so high that he no longer backs Sarah Palin -- because she is...
  • Joe the Plumber goes off on McCain, says he 'screwed up my life'

    02/14/2010 12:25:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies · 1,814+ views
    thehill.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Joe the Plumber is no longer a fan of either Sarah Palin or John McCain, it seems. Joe, also known as Sam Wurzelbacher, told an audience in Pennsylvania this week that McCain "is no public servant." "McCain was trying to use me," Wurzelbacher said, according to public radio correspondent Scott Detrow. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy.” "I don’t owe him s—," Wurzelbacher continued. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”
  • Growing pains surround Tea Party Convention

    02/07/2010 11:02:11 AM PST · by paltz · 9 replies · 970+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 2/7/10 | Kerry Picket
    By Kerry Picket on Feb. 6, 2010 into Water CoolerEditSubscribe It appears Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher is not impressed with former vice presidential GOP candidate Sarah Palin. He attacked her Tea Party Convention speech this weekend. Mr. Wurzelbacher posted messages to his Twitter account with the following tweets.:
  • Joe the Plumber coming to Caledonia (WI Tea Party Event turnout of 3,000+ people)

    01/16/2010 4:57:47 PM PST · by UB355 · 5 replies · 380+ views
    Racine(WI) Journal Times ^ | 1/16/2010 | STEPHANIE JONES
    CALEDONIA - Joe the Plumber, the man who became the face of the average American during the 2008 presidential campaign, is coming to Racine County on Saturday. The Ohio man, whose full name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, has gone by Joe since he "came out of the womb," he said in a phone interview last week. But he didn't become nationally known as "Joe the Plumber" until he asked President Barack Obama a question about taxes on the campaign trail and his new nickname was later mentioned multiple times in a televised debate between Obama and Sen. John McCain. Now,...
  • Taxpayers foot bill for employees being sued by ‘Joe the Plumber’

    11/14/2009 11:32:36 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 34 replies · 2,164+ views
    Dayton Daily Nerws ^ | Noveember 15, 2009 | William Hershey
    COLUMBUS — Ohio taxpayers are right in the middle of the civil rights lawsuit that Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher has filed against three former state employees, charging that they illegally accessed his confidential information through state databases. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s office is defending former state employees Helen Jones-Kelley, Douglas Thompson and Fred Williams. All have denied wrongdoing and asked that the case, filed last March in U.S. District Court in Columbus, be dismissed. Jones-Kelley was director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Williams was the department’s assistant director and Thompson the...
  • Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    10/14/2009 12:42:21 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies · 3,156+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 14, 2009 | Randy Ludlow
    Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber' Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:42 AM By Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch A former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police has been charged with rummaging through state computers to retrieve confidential information about "Joe the Plumber." Brett A. Gerke, 52, of 2329 Woodcreek Place on the Far North Side, is charged with attempted unauthorized use of property. Gerke entered a diversion program on Oct. 2, which typically results in the dismissal of a criminal charge. He has not entered a plea. The charge is a first-degree...
  • Conservatives gather for conference [Joe the Plumber]

    09/25/2009 12:11:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies · 445+ views
    bnd.com ^ | Sep. 25, 2009 | AP
    FRONTENAC, Mo. -- Six Republican members of Congress and other conservative leaders are scheduled to be in suburban St. Louis for a conference on grassroots activism.
  • "Joe the Plumber" Headlines "Regular Joes - Powerful Voices" Event in Wisconsin - Video 7/19/09

    07/19/2009 7:42:27 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report on an event headlined today in Greenville, Wisconsin by "Joe the Plumber" - Samuel Wurzelbacher. He was there for an event called "Regular Joes - Powerful Voices," what was described as a "Tea-Party like event" attended by hundreds of people not happy with the direction the nation has taken under President Obama. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Both U.S. political parties offend "Joe the Plumber"

    07/25/2009 11:40:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,795+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-07-24 | Nick Carey
    HOLLAND, Ohio (Reuters) - "Joe the Plumber," who came to symbolize U.S. taxpayer frustration during last year's election, sounds even angrier now at what he sees as excessive government spending on the economy and healthcare reform. "The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough?" said Joe Wurzelbacher, 35, in an interview on Friday at his modest suburban Ohio home. "Instead of spending more of our money, they should cut back like ordinary Americans are having to. Why do they think they can spend their...
  • Joe The Plumber coming to tea parties

    07/02/2009 12:35:42 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 3 replies · 324+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/2/09 | Chelsea Schilling
    Joe the Plumber is hitting the streets to speak at tea parties and help citizens take America back this Independence Day weekend. He told WND his suspicions about the next president came true, but Obama isn't the only person he blames. "I don't go around talking about President Obama too often because it tends to draw a line for people. I blame Congress ultimately for everything that is going badly," he said. "Obama just got in there. But that being said, I don't care for how he is conducting our foreign affairs. It worries me. He's also pushing a lot...
  • Our Truest, Coolest, Sexiest Patriots

    06/19/2009 12:03:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,598+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 19, 2009 | Cliff Thier
    Things are not going as planned for the Obama administration. The millions of new jobs President Obama guaranteed have not materialized. Furthermore, the gazillion dollars of "stimulus money" Congress gave the President as a gift to spend however his fancy leads him somehow isn't actually finding its way into the economy. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says the problem is we aren't spending ever more money that we don't have. Obviously we need more money. But where are we going to get it? I think I know. Forbes just published its list of the 100 "most powerful" (not necessarily...
  • The Ordinary American

    05/08/2009 9:47:02 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies · 758+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | May 7, 2009 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Joe Wurzelbacher probably didn’t intend to draw the wrath of the elite when he gave an interview to Christianity Today. But the fiery thunderbolts hurled from our cultural Olympus are crashing all around Joe the Plumber now. “I've had some friends that are actually homosexual,” Wurzelbacher said. “And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children.” In a free country, we are told, everybody has a right to their own opinion. Wurzelbacher is quickly learning that, according to the American elite, what you actually have a right to is...
  • Unions get rowdy during Joe the Plumber Pittsburgh rally

    03/31/2009 2:49:25 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 44 replies · 2,778+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Mike Wereschagin
    Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher — better known as Joe the Plumber — headlined a raucous rally against pro-union legislation Monday night where critics and supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act jeered one another. Two Green Tree police officers broke up several arguments to prevent fights in the midst of a crowd of about 150 packed inside a Radisson ballroom. The crowd was divided
  • Joe The Plumber at the Michigan Tea Party (Lansing)

    03/31/2009 11:14:38 AM PDT · by Kieri · 30 replies · 1,466+ views
    Right Michigan ^ | 03/31/09 | Nick
    Spoke this morning with Joan Fabiano and the Tea Party team and there is big news re: the April 15th shindig. Specifically, they've landed a big "get." Americans for Prosperity-Michigan and team just announced that Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, "Joe the Plumber," will speak at the Michigan Taxpayer Tea Party on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing on April 15th.
  • Washington Post Dismisses Joe the Plumber as 'Leftover Artifact' From 2008

    02/27/2009 5:30:51 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 957+ views
    Washington Post staff writer Paul Farhi penned a nasty little critique of Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher in Thursday's paper, deriding the conservative critic of Barack Obama as "a leftover artifact from a forgotten time." Grouping Wurzelbacher in with other "campaign distractions," Farhi panned, "He's Clara Peller, Willie Horton or Gennifer Flowers -- names that are the questions in a 'Jeopardy!' category called 'Presidential Campaign Distractions.'" (Of course, Wurzelbacher's "distraction" was to challenge the economic policy of Obama.)
  • Joe the Plumber on Rick Santelli, John McCain and Sarah Palin

    02/25/2009 7:29:05 PM PST · by euram · 23 replies · 1,406+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 02-25-09 | David Weigel
    On Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Absolutely incredible woman. Actually really wants to serve America. Do I think she should give ‘em another chance? I dunno. I mean, America tore her up. The media in general. But of any of the politicians I’ve actually met she seems the most sincere. She actually wants to do what’s right for America. She didn’t have that gleam in her eye of power an money, she had that ‘I want to serve’ look. That’s the kind of character and leadership we need. When you go into politics you want to help your fellow man, not...
  • [Joseph "Joe the Plumber"] Wurzelbacher Laughs at Obama Speech (May run for Congress)

    02/25/2009 8:49:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,515+ views
    WNBC-TV / The Politico ^ | February 25, 2009 | Patrick Gavin
    In town to promote his new book, "Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream", Samuel J. Wurzelbacher — aka "Joe the Plumber" — stopped by Americans for Tax Reform Wednesday to review President Barack Obama's Tuesday address before Congress and offer his own thoughts on American politics and current events. Perhaps not surprisingly, Wurzelbacher, who campaigned alongside Sen. John McCain during the 2008 campaign, did not have many nice things to say about Obama's speech and stimulus proposal. "I believe he's taking America down the wrong path," Wurzelbacher told POLITICO. "So far every step he's taken I pretty much...
  • CNN reporter is mad at Joe the Plumber\Reporter

    e've seen the mainstream media afflicted with Palin Derangement Syndrome. We've experienced the media in the throes of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Over at CNN, which modestly styles itself as the most trusted name in news, there's now an outbreak of Joe the Plumber Derangement Syndrome. Last week CNN Newsroom anchor Kyra Phillips went after Joe. Today, it was CNN Newsroom anchor Rick Sanchez's turn at bat. Mustering as much blow-dried earnestness as possible, he relieved himself of an editorial on what's nominally a news program: Meanwhile, something else to take note of today. I want to share with you the...
  • Joe Plumber: Media Shouldn't Report War

    01/11/2009 3:11:15 PM PST · by Flavius · 26 replies · 1,921+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 1/11/09 | reuteurs
    Samuel Wurzelbacher, also known as 'Joe the Plumber,' is in Israel working as a rookie war correspondent, where he said Sunday that he believes journalists should be abolished from reporting from w...
  • 'Joe' pens memoir on his life, his dream

    12/20/2008 2:50:23 PM PST · by redk · 24 replies · 860+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | December 20, 2008 | TOM TROY
    Like the two men whose campaigns for president he influenced with his unexpected step upon the national political stage, Joe the Plumber has published a book about his life.
  • Ohio Officials Resign Over 'Joe the Plumber' Affair

    12/17/2008 6:53:06 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 30 replies · 1,091+ views
    Columbus Dispatch/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/17/08 | Yidwithlid
    As the evidence continued to build against Ohio Bureaucrat Helen Jones-Kelley for doing an illegal search on Joe the Plumber's background, she remained on unpaid "leave" because of a different violation. She used the states e-mail system to campaign for Obama. Today she finally resigned from her position, two of her superiors left their jobs also...........
  • State official resigns over 'Joe the Plumber' affair (Helen Jones-Kelley)

    12/17/2008 5:51:17 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 41 replies · 1,958+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | December 17, 2008 | Catherine Candisky
    State official resigns over 'Joe the Plumber' affair Wednesday, December 17, 2008 6:54 PM Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 07:38 PM By Catherine Candisky THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Helen Jones-Kelley, the state official placed on unpaid leave for improperly accessing confidential information from state databases on "Joe the Plumber," has resigned. Two senior managers involved in the incident also are leaving, The Dispatch has learned.. Jones-Kelley was scheduled to return to work as director of the Department of Job and Family Services on Monday following a one-month suspension without pay. Today's action comes just hours after the Senate approved a measure...
  • Joe the Plumber: McCain 'appalled me'

    12/09/2008 3:43:31 PM PST · by redk · 175 replies · 6,419+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/9/08 | ANDY BARR
    Joe Wurzelbacher lashed out at former GOP presidential nominee John McCain Tuesday, the man who made Wurzelbacher famous as “Joe the Plumber.” Wurzelbacher told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that he felt “dirty” after “being on the campaign trail and seeing some of the things that take place.”
  • Joe the Plumber Data Dive Whistleblower Was Threatened with Firing; Media Will Likely Ignore

    12/06/2008 3:38:15 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 1,135+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | December 5th | Tom Blumer
    A story in the Dispatch this morning that should be read in full (HT Michelle Malkin) about Ms. Niekamp's testimony before the Ohio House's Government and Elections Committee reveals just how imperiled she was. While carrying out a personal order from a superior who was trying to cover his tracks, she was reminded that she was an "unclassified" employee. In plain English, she was threatened with her job if she didn't do what she was told (bolds are mine):
  • Worker says 'Joe the Plumber' cover-up was forced upon her

    12/05/2008 2:07:47 PM PST · by Big_Monkey · 54 replies · 3,010+ views
    Dispatch Politics ^ | 12/05/2008 | Catherine Candisky
    The state worker who unwittingly ran an improper child-support check on the man known as Joe the Plumber told lawmakers yesterday that a deputy director later "dictated" how she was supposed to cover it up. Vanessa Niekamp, an administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Office of Child Support and a 15-year state employee, said that when Deputy Director Doug Thompson came into her office, "He appeared very upset, his neck was bright red, and he was shaking. He closed my door." Thompson told her she must write an e-mail to the agency's information-security officer, and then...
  • State worker says she was forced to cover up 'Joe the Plumber' records check (The "Fall Girl")

    12/04/2008 8:13:00 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 27 replies · 1,970+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | December 4, 2008 | Catherine Candisky
    State worker says she was forced to cover up 'Joe the Plumber' records check Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:24 PM By Catherine Candisky THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH The state worker who unwittingly ran an improper child-support check on the man known as Joe the Plumber told lawmakers today that a deputy director later "dictated" how she was supposed to cover it up. Vanessa Niekamp, an administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Office of Child Support and a 15-year state employee, said that when Deputy Director Doug Thompson came into her office, "He appeared very upset, his neck...
  • Four senior managers disciplined for "Joe the Plumber" checks (Suspended, not fired)

    11/21/2008 2:16:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 1,684+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 21, 2008 | Randy Ludlow
    Four senior Ohio Department of Job and Family Services mangers were disciplined this afternoon for their roles in improper computer checks that sought confidential information about "Joe the Plumber." Jan Allen, acting director of the the state agency, announced that deputy child-support director Doug Thompson and assistant agency director Fred Williams would be placed on unpaid leave Monday. Thompson will be suspended for four weeks and Williams for two weeks. Two others, Paul Fraunholtz, deputy director of family stability, and Judi Cicatiello, deputy director of unemployment compensation, received written reprimands for their conduct. Thompson will be suspended for four weeks...
  • Search of Joe the Plumber's records was improper, Ohio inspector general rules

    11/20/2008 1:43:03 PM PST · by DogBarkTree · 27 replies · 970+ views
    cleavland.com ^ | 11/20/08
    COLUMBUS -- Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Helen Jones-Kelley improperly allowed employees to look at Joe the Plumber's confidential state records with "no legitimate agency function," a state investigation concluded. That's the bottom line from a 48-page report released by Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles today. The report calls Jones-Kelley's authorization "improper" and says that she has committed "a wrongful act" by allowing underlings to search databases for information on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a Toledo plumber who was thrust into the spotlight of the 2008 presidential election after he asked a tax policy question of Democratic nominee...
  • Joe the Plumber case still dripping -- Half-dozen agencies access records of Ohio man

    11/15/2008 6:02:03 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 95 replies · 2,997+ views
    Ohio.com ^ | 11-14-08 | By Dennis J. Willard - Akron Beacon Journal Staff Writer
    Joe the Plumber case still dripping -- Half-dozen agencies access records of Ohio man By Dennis J. Willard, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer Published on Friday, Nov 14, 2008 The election is over, but the Joe the Plumber case is not. Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles said his office is now looking at a half-dozen agencies that accessed state records on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. The Beacon Journal has learned that, in addition to the Department of Job and Family Services, two other state offices — the Ohio Department of Taxation and Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers — conducted database searches...
  • Radio Host Gets the Hook for Joe-the-Plumber Comments

    11/11/2008 7:55:40 PM PST · by Deek1969 · 30 replies · 726+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/11/2008 | Sarah McBride
    The Supreme Court is still pondering whether to permit fleeting expletives on the airwaves, but a San Francisco radio station isn’t waiting for the decision. A host on San Francisco’s top-rated KGO told his fans Tuesday that the station had fired him over comments he made a few days before the election about Joe Wurzelbacher, the suddenly famous unlicensed plumber who got caught up in the candidates’ tax policy debates
  • Strickland puts director on leave in fund-raising probe (Joe the Plumber snooper busted!)

    11/07/2008 4:32:21 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 30 replies · 1,875+ views
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ^ | Friday, November 7, 2008 | Randy Ludlow
    Gov. Ted Strickland has placed the director of the Department of Job and Family Services on paid leave for possibly using a state computer and e-mail account for political fund raising. The governor took the action against Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the state agency, late this afternoon. Strickland said he asked Inspector General Thomas P. Charles to investigate the matter. He named Jan Allen, secretary of his cabinet, to serve as acting director of Job and Family Services. The Dispatch filed a public-records request last week that requested any Jones-Kelley e-mails that mentioned Democrat Barack Obama, who won election as...
  • Joe the Plumber says McCain's chances slim

    11/03/2008 11:25:31 PM PST · by AmericanSphinx71 · 99 replies · 4,823+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-3-08 | John McCaslin
    Even Joe the Plumber is writing McCain off. Say it ain't so, Joe. Joe the Plumber conceded Monday night that Republican John McCain has a slim chance of defeating Democrat Barack Obama in the race for the White House. Joe Wurzelbacher, the unemployed Ohio plumber who was thrust into the national spotlight in late September after quizzing Mr. Obama about his tax policy, made his prediction on the upcoming presidential election while be interviewed on Inside the Beltway Radio.
  • State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber

    10/31/2008 5:48:32 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 96 replies · 3,518+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 31, 2008 | Randy Ludlow
    State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber Friday, October 31, 2008 8:21 PM By Randy Ludlow The Columbus Dispatch Vanessa Niekamp said that when 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...
  • Palin and Joe the Plumber on Fire

    10/31/2008 4:00:55 PM PDT · by Wegotsarah.com · 26 replies · 1,607+ views
    Russlimbaugh..com ^ | 10-31-08 | Rush Limbaugh
    Palin and Joe the Plumber on Fire RUSH: Sarah Palin was on WMAL today, our affiliate in the nation's capital. She was on with Chris Plante this morning, and he said to her, "Is the news media doing their job? Are you getting a fair shake?" PALIN: If they convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media. RUSH:...
  • Plundering the Plumber's Records - Suddenly, the Left isn’t concerned about privacy.

    10/31/2008 9:14:16 AM PDT · by Sons of Union Vets · 22 replies · 1,087+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 31, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    If Joe the Plumber were Jawad the Suspected Terrorist, civil-liberties activists would stampede the halls of Congress on his behalf. Liberal columnists would hyperventilate over the outrageous invasions of his privacy by Ohio state and local employees. The ACLU would demand the Big Brother snoopers’ heads. And Democratic leaders would convene immediate hearings and parade him around the Beltway as the new poster boy/victim of unlawful domestic spying. But because peaceful American citizen Joe Wurzelbacher is an outspoken enemy of socialism, rather than an enemy of America, the defenders of privacy have responded to his plight with an impenetrable cone...
  • Checks on 'Joe the Plumber' more extensive than first acknowledged

    10/29/2008 11:56:25 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 95 replies · 3,815+ views
    A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged. Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system. The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote. Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked...
  • Clerk Charged with Misconduct for Unlawfully Accessing Information on 'Joe the Plumber'

    10/29/2008 7:04:23 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 1,161+ views
    fox news ^ | 10/29/2008 | Cristina Corbin
    A records clerk in Ohio has been charged with gross misconduct after she allegedly used a state database to access information on the man famously known as "Joe the Plumber," the Toledo police department confirmed to FOXNews.com. Julie McConnell, a long-time records clerk with the department's investigative services bureau, allegedly used the database -- called the Law Enforcement Automated Data System or LEADS -- to access information on Joe Wurzelbacher. Wurzelbacher, a 34-year-old Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business, rose to political fame after questioning Barack Obama on his "spreading the wealth" remarks during an Oct. 12 rally...
  • Obama's Plumbers

    10/29/2008 6:10:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 606+ views
    IbDeditorials ^ | October 29, 2008
    Election '08: Ohio Democrats refused to act on ACORN's massive vote fraud. Yet they have time to scour the private records of Joe the Plumber. No wonder Barack Obama finds the Constitution an inconvenience.Joe Wurzelbacher (also known as Joe the Plumber) has learned there's a price to pay for being the one to get Obama to admit that he has a socialist dream to "spread the wealth." Not only are you thrust into the public eye, you get the privilege of having government officials who support Obama rifle through private files looking for dirt on you. Helen Jones-Kelley, director of...
  • Checks on 'Joe' more extensive than first acknowledged (Outrageous)

    10/29/2008 5:45:26 PM PDT · by pissant · 56 replies · 2,008+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 10/29/08 | Randy Ludlow
    Tax, welfare info also sought on McCain ally A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged. Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system. The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote. Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland,...
  • Smearing Joe the Plumber

    10/29/2008 5:58:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 11 replies · 840+ views
    Power Line ^ | October 28, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Barack Obama reminds me a bit of John Gotti. Obama is no murderer, of course, but here is the analogy: John Gotti (before his incarceration) was a well-dressed, genial, smooth-talking guy. Not a visible threat in sight. But if you crossed him, his thugs were very quickly at your door. Likewise with Barack Obama. He is always at pains to seem high-minded, but his tactics are anything but. If you cross him, his goons, too, are sure to retaliate, albeit in less deadly fashion than Gotti's. The case of Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher is an object lesson in how Obama...