By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch
October 29, 2008
A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for
potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it
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 out Wurzelbacher.
Harris called the multiple records checks "questionable" and said he
awaits more answers. "It's kind of like Big Brother is looking in your
pocket," he said.
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