Ask AG Rich Cordray, Why Are You Supporting Joe the Plumber’s Snoopers? Ask Him at (800) 282-0515
From Bill Hershey in The Dayton Daily News:
COLUMBUS — Ohio taxpayers are right in the middle of the civil rights lawsuit that Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher has filed against three former state employees, charging that they illegally accessed his confidential information through state databases.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s office is defending former state employees Helen Jones-Kelley, Douglas Thompson and Fred Williams. All have denied wrongdoing and asked that the case, filed last March in U.S. District Court in Columbus, be dismissed.
Jones-Kelley was director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Williams was the department’s assistant director and Thompson the deputy director of child support when the “Joe the Plumber” controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Jones-Kelley and Thompson are from the Dayton area.
So is Cordray required to to defend these partisan dirt bags who were helping the Strickland administration perform a criminal act? Nope:
He acknowledged that there are exceptions to the requirement that the attorney general represent state employees. For those to come into play, a determination must be made that the employee was acting “manifestly outside the scope of his official employment or official responsibilities, with malicious purpose, in bad faith or in a wanton or reckless manner.”
As Dave Yost, the only true Republican running for Attorney General said:
The Ohio Inspector General investigated and reported that “None of the justifications provided * * * meet any reasonable “agency function or purpose.”
Joe the Plumber sued the Three Plumbing Inspectors, but not the State of Ohio. For good reason – the State of Ohio has no business in the dirty tricks of political smear tactics. Mr. Cordray shouldn’t be spending our limited resources to defend it.
This is a deeply offensive waste of taxpayer dollars. If you are outraged, please call AG Rich Cordray at (800) 282-0515. And please be polite… after all, real conservatives have manners.