Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ohio State Employee Was Given False Info by Supervisor When Asked to Run Background Check on Joe-the-Plumber

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 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.

The Democrats and their ACLU allies scream over the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretapping, government infringements on privacy rights, and yet there has not been a single case of abuses by the Bush administration.
And when there finally is a case of privacy abuse, it is perpetrated by the Democrats and the 0bama campaign.

Please, consider for just a minute what these people will to do to us if they get in power. Consider how the PATRIOT Act will be abused and used against 0bama and the Democrats' domestic enemies. And who will stand up for our civil right then? The 'watchdogs' on the Left will sit in silence, while those on the Right are dismissed and marginalized. 0bama and his one party Democrat state will make us all long for the days of the Clintonistas.

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