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“‘Joe the Plumber’ sues over Ohio records probe”

Good for him:

“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.

There was absolutely no reason, other than political, for employees who work for the State of Ohio to investigate Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber”.

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,…

Being this article came from the AP, there’s no mention that Jones-Kelley did a little bit more as well:

…Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles’ report found Jones-Kelley improperly authorized searches of state databases in the heat of the presidential campaign and also improperly used her state e-mail account to raise money for Democrat Barack Obama.

It’s too bad Joe isn’t going after the State of Ohio since Jones-Kelley was doing what she was doing while at work, making the state somewhat responsible for her conduct. Maybe there’s something in Ohio’s legal code that precludes the state from this kind of responsibility, and that’s why the State isn’t part of the suit.

I doubt Joe will get much financially; hopefully he’ll get Jones-Kelley to admit she was wrong for what she did and get her to apologize for her actions.

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