Joe the Plumber, vice president of Rush Limbaugh’s Republican Party, is suing former Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director Helen Jones-Kelley and others in federal court.
We all know that Kelley’s staff took a peek at Joe’s entries in their databases, but correct me if I’m wrong — isn’t that information public? Granted, they didn’t go about it the right way — they could have called a journalist and asked them to do a public records request – but what’s Joe stand to gain?
Oh, that’s right, money. There he is, one of Republicanland’s standard bearers engaging in frivolously lawsuiting. Didn’t Joe get the Republican talking points on use of the legal system? The legal system is only for large, multi-national corporations wishing to avoid paying taxes. It’s not for regular Joes.
Here’s what the AP reported:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — “Joe the Plumber” is suing three former state officials in Ohio, saying they violated his privacy when they gathered his personal information in a records search.
Samuel J. Wurzelbacher says in the federal lawsuit filed Thursday that he suffered emotional distress, harassment, humiliation and embarrassment as a result of their actions. He’s seeking unspecified punitive damages.
The lawsuit names Helen Jones-Kelley, who resigned in December as director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and two assistants.
Ohio’s inspector general found that Jones-Kelley improperly used state computers to find personal information on Wurzelbacher, a Toledo-area man who rose to fame during the presidential campaign after asking Barack Obama about his tax plan.
A really crummy piece of legislation known as the ‘Joe the Plumber’ Bill was made worse on Monday by the the Cleveland Plain Dealer letting its snarkiness get ahead of the facts in an editorial. [Read more...]
The best thing that has happened to the Republican-controlled and term-limit-tarded Ohio General Assembly is Ted Strickland.
In 2007, they unanimously passed a budget through both houses, something which had eluded them in recent memory – even with a Republican governor. Strickland, very often the only adult in the room at the state capitol, dragged them into an energy bill that ended up being good legislation and great public policy – making everyone happy. He has fostered a sense of comity between the executive and legislative branches – a divide that could have grown deeper under the control of different parties – by meeting regularly with Senate President Bill Harris and House Speaker Jon Husted. In short, Strickland has lived up to his promise to work in a bipartisan manner with the leglislators to get the business of the people done.
How do they repay him? Let’s take two examples from the current lame duck session, also known as the death throes of the blow-dry Jonny Husted Republican House. [Read more...]