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Helen Jones-Kelley Suspended without Pay for Illegal Joe the Plumber Searches

Governor Ted Strickland suspended Helen Jones-Kelley for one month without pay for her role in requesting improper searches on Joe "Joe The Plumber" Wurzelbacher. Not exactly a stiff sentence by any means. She should have lost her job.

Suspended Director Helen Jones-Kelley of the Job and Family Services Department said Thursday, Nov. 20, she should not have allowed the searches of state databases for information on Samuel Joseph -- "Joe the Plumber" -- Wurzelbacher, who emerged as a key figure in the Ohio presidential campaign.

Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Director Helen Jones-Kelley of the Job and Family Services Department for one month without pay after a state Inspector General's report found Jones-Kelley improperly authorized the searches of state databases and used her state e-mail account for political fundraising.

"I accept the content the (of) Inspector General's report and should not have allowed the Wurzelbacher searches to move forward," Jones-Kelley said in a written statement. "While there is a disagreement as to whether those searches were done for legitimate business purposes, my only intent was to fulfill my agency's fiduciary responsibilities to Ohio's families. I am committed to implementing agency procedures which better protect confidential, personal information. In this case no confidential information was released."

Based on her annual salary of $141,980, the suspension will cost Jones-Kelley, 57, of Clayton, $11,831.

Come on. No confidential information was released because she couldn't find anything to smear him with. If she had, you had better believe she would have been leaked it. Of course she says now she shouldn't have allowed the searches but she also says in a backhanded way that she thought she was right to do so.

Her intent to fulfill her agency's fiduciary responsibilities is a joke. What fiduciary responsibilities? It has already been established that it was not normal practice to do searches on people who find themselves in a sudden "celebrity" status in order to see if they owe back child support or other fees. This was an obvious attempt to find dirt on Joe in an effort to embarrass him into silence. Keep in mind, Jones-Kelley didn't just approve a few searches. She approved 18 different searches on Wurzelbacher. All Ohioans should be concerned that in another month Jones-Kelley will be back at her job. This should be a lesson for all Americans, not just Ohioans. If you dare to question the Democrat savior in any public manner, then Democrat government officials will do what they can to find out whatever they can in order to make you a target of a smear campaign.

One month without pay isn't enough of a punishment to to deter her or anyone else from taking new Big Brother actions against another private citizen who dares to question the Democrat savior of the moment. The Republicans demanded that she be fired, which is what should have happened, but Strickland refused. The next time, they'll just make sure they don't get caught.


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Comments (26)

It's the classic "I apologi... (Below threshold)
George:

It's the classic "I apologize if I offended anyone" non-apology. If you can't admit you did something wrong, you are not apologizing.

I strongly suggest that Joe... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I strongly suggest that Joe sue the Governor, this woman and the state for violating every right to privacy he is allowed to have afforded by our Constitution. I also think a republican senator of two should requst a Justice Department investigation because Joe's civil rights were definitely abused by the state government. Purposely. ww

It goes without saying why ... (Below threshold)
MPR:

It goes without saying why she wasn't fired. That would bring a law suit by her for unlawful termination. She could then retire a millionaire. Meanwhile, Joe will still be out of work. I love liberal logic.

Only the beginning now that... (Below threshold)
JAT:

Only the beginning now that the One will be anointed.

I'm sure that if Joe files ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm sure that if Joe files a lawsuit, it will be a 'confidential settlement'.

BTW, where the hell's the ACLU? Oh, that's right, Joe's WHITE. Nevermind................

It's Democratic savi... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

It's Democratic saviour. I know you're using the word Democrat to try and... umm... look tough and scornful?... but you just look petulant and stupid.

GarandFan, you do know that the ACLU defended Rush Limbaugh, right? Your faux outrage is teh funniez.

She's opened the state up t... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

She's opened the state up to a lawsuit. Nice fiduciary responsibility there, Cookie.

JOE PLEASE SU... (Below threshold)
G.:

JOE PLEASE SUE the state and this total asshat. Damn I can't believe he hasn't yet. (as I wipe the drool of my chin)

OFF OFF my chin. Lost it fo... (Below threshold)
G.:

OFF OFF my chin. Lost it for a min. lol

I think the punishment was ... (Below threshold)
Jewel:

I think the punishment was much too lenient for the offense.

We're gonna see more and more step up, do things that illegal and then get a slap on the wrist.

Just an avg. white worker would have been fired!!

Wow, this guys civil rights... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Wow, this guys civil rights and privacy were violated in a big way and our canadian friend (check out their laws) is worried about how you spell democrat. Way to focus hyper! ww

Yes, she should have been f... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Yes, she should have been fired.

The ironic thing is how all the hypocite-Democrats accused the Bush administration of trampling people's rights and privacy (but they have yet to come up with a single concrete example) when in fact it is they, themselves who have a proven, documented record of it.

Ok, let me get this straigh... (Below threshold)

Ok, let me get this straight. One month suspension for viewing personal info? I work for a large medical plan and if I got caught snooping like this, I would be perp walked out the door. This is the nonsense that bothers me the most, Government creates all these rules for the private sector like SOX and HIPAA, but exempts themselves from the rules they want the rest of us to follow.

Verizon seems to be even so... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Verizon seems to be even softer than the state.

It is only giving a reprimand to its employees who went snooping through Obama's phone records.

Bet they were surprised when they couldn't find the hourly calls to Bill Ayers.

BTW, where the hel... (Below threshold)
Eric:
BTW, where the hell's the ACLU? Oh, that's right, Joe's WHITE. Nevermind................

I'm surprised too, but actually the ACLU of Ohio has been on this for quite some time and are siding with Joe.

No, Willie, I just think it... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

No, Willie, I just think it's funny that idiots think it's somehow assertive of something other than their own idiocy to spell Democratic without the -ic. That'll show 'em! Idiocy, Willie, can be funny.

I think the woman should be fired, just as I think offending telcos should be severely punished for cooperating with illegal Administration efforts at mining phone records without warrants (especially since warrants were readily issued for such a purpose).

Now what is it about Canadian privacy laws that you don't like? That they are more stringent than yours? Do your homework before opening your mouth.

No outrage over Verizon emp... (Below threshold)
Brian:

No outrage over Verizon employees snooping into Obama's phone records? Oh, I forgot, it's only bad if the target of snooping is Republican-friendly. The next time, they'll just make sure they don't get caught.

No, Willie, I just... (Below threshold)
Eric:
No, Willie, I just think it's funny that idiots think it's somehow assertive of something other than their own idiocy to spell Democratic without the -ic. That'll show 'em! Idiocy, Willie, can be funny.

Actually, Hyperbolist you are incorrect. The correct usage for a singular member of the Democratic Party is Democrat. The sentence reads "If you dare question the Democrat savior..." The term Democrat is being used as an adjective to describe Obama as a member of the Democratic Party. Another way of writing it would be, "If you dare question the savior who is a Democrat..." That works.

If, on the other hand, you change it to "If you dare question the savior who is Democratic...", it doesn't work. Because now the term Democratic describes him as someone who practices Democracy. While still true, it changes the meaning of the sentence.

um, as director she has ac... (Below threshold)
mijawa:

um, as director she has access to all information and has appropriate use policy, wich is in effect at all times.

This means that functionally there is nothing wrong with her looking, shareing is the issue.

Looks like some sour McCain supporter crap going on here. Lets get real and compare behavior to the crap thats been going on for the last 8 years and put it into perspective.

She is guilty of curiosity, no war crimes, no outing of CIA agents, no lying us into war, no fixing elections, no politicalizing of the Attorney generals office, and not any of a long list that not only this administration has been complicit in, but also a ton of its lackeys.

This whole store looks like reaching, and its the blow job impeachment all over again. 11 grand is a big price to pay for curiosity, and the whistle blower should be spanked, like I would one of my children when they tattle for something insignificant.

Get over it, the black guy won, and was clearly a better candidate. You cannot own the country forever despite the quality of who you run. Stop pointing out meaningless crap that is totally cool w/ the spirit of the law.

Our economy sux because reganomics don't work, our standing in the world has been jepordized, pay raises haven't kept up w/ cost of living in years, in 82 avg american saved 11%, now we save -1% because of these aggregate problems. Meanwhile, top end profits are through the roof.

Lets get focused people. We need to be the best, not half ass it and say were the best. Complaining over this kind of petty crap isn't the best, its just stupid.

Actually, jawa, just lookin... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Actually, jawa, just looking without cause is NOT ok. Telling your subordinates is even less OK. And leaking what you found to the media to discredit a civilian is right out.

And Brian, Verizon suspended the employees quickly, pending investigation. Chances are, they are getting a paper trail together and the union reps are lining up to determine how many people are fired, put on probation etc. I expect that it may also lead to criminal charges against more than one person. In Ohio government, she was left in place for over a month before the governor decided to slap her wrist and send her toddling along with instructions to play better with others.

So use the same criterion H... (Below threshold)
dom:

So use the same criterion H-J-K used to rummage JTP's records with.

H-J-K is now in the "public eye" so by that token, H-J-K's records should be rummaged.

Verizon is not a government entity. ODJFS is. Big difference between privacy wrongdoing on the part of employees of either.

Let's pray and trust that T... (Below threshold)
Brian Richard Allen:

Let's pray and trust that The Plumber takes this arrogant "Democrat" activist tart to task, to court and, along with the state governor and their every complicit activist lackey -- to the cleaners!

And then runs for congress.

"Lets get focused people... (Below threshold)

"Lets get focused people. We need to be the best, not half ass it and say were the best. Complaining over this kind of petty crap isn't the best, its just stupid."

Come back and give us your opinion after someone has poured over your private information for no apparent purpose other than your exercise of free speech.

We need to not let the en... (Below threshold)
MF:

We need to not let the enfringement on our rights get worse. for example: Pelosi and messing with our 401K's

Wow are we to tell the trut... (Below threshold)
bea:

Wow are we to tell the truth as employees? Listen to Blagevich today---this have been requested by Michelle and Obama. What honest employee would not say "no" Now I feel even more insecure as the littleperson that there were NO changes made in the way the the Democratic Administration takes our information and sells it out.

Most of all the taxpayers deserve an apology.

Hooray for the whistleblowe... (Below threshold)
bea:

Hooray for the whistleblower! Please keep your eyes open and report the slightest of infraction in Columbus. Let's change the law while we are at it.




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