The Jury Talks Back


Oh that poor, poor woman…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 10:08 pm

Via the lovely DRJ, I have found the feel-good story of the year

By “feel good”, of course, I mean “deliciously ironic”.

An Ohio agency director resigned Wednesday in the wake of a finding that she improperly used state computers to access personal information on the man who became known as “Joe the Plumber” during the presidential campaign.

My only problem is that the <insert rude word for a female of your choice> wasn’t freaking fired.  Seriously, why the hell wasn’t she?

Department of Job and Family Services Director Helen Jones-Kelley said in a statement accompanying her resignation that she won’t allow her reputation to be disparaged and that she is concerned for her family’s safety.

So, wait…  It’s ok to dig hard and heavy into the personal life of a random, non-public servant – the definition of “private citizen” – and to release piles and piles of personal info, but god forbid her reputation be disparaged.  That just isn’t acceptable.

And I would love to know the exact reason she feels worried for her family’s safety.  If it’s because the news folks stop by (are they camping there?), then lady needs to cowboy the fuck up.  She chose to do something of – at best – questionable ethical and legal value, while Joe made the grave mistake of asking a farking question when some guy walked up and said “hi” with a bunch of news people in tow.

Further proof I would utterly fail at politics.  People like that would clear the sidewalk before landing, as I booted them out of office.

(H/T Flopping Aces by way of DRJ)


  1. She is worried about her family’s safety because she all too well understands the fanatical and obsessive mindset that drives many to break the law in furtherance of their political agendas.

    Comment by Apogee — 12/19/2008 @ 11:16 pm

  2. if she’s looking for sympathy, i’d tell her to look in the dictionary between “shit” and “syphilis”….

    she ought to be facing hard time for invasion of privacy, misuse of government property, etc, etc….

    Comment by redc1c4 — 12/20/2008 @ 9:51 am

  3. The “sad” part is that “voluntary” resignation or no, her reputation will indeed be rightly disparaged.

    Comment by Xrlq — 12/20/2008 @ 9:53 am

  4. Can Joe the Plumber sue her and/or the agency for harassment or some sort of invasion of privacy violation? Threat of a lawsuit tends to put the fear of God into many a state agency…it would be some small satisfaction.

    Comment by Dana — 12/20/2008 @ 10:17 am

  5. Comment by Dana — 12/20/2008 @ 10:17 am
    It has been noted elsewhere on the net, and/or in the news, that Joe is considering several suits against current, and past, public officials for the invasions of his privacy under color of authority that have occurred.
    It very well could be that the State of Ohio will be paying for that business that Joe was hoping to buy, and could be making him a “millionaire” besides.
    Boy, he will really be pissed when he gets his Obamatax bill for that.

    Comment by Another Drew — 12/20/2008 @ 11:47 am

  6. Joe certainly is pursuing his lawsuits. Thank goodness for that… he’s not just protecting himself.

    Comment by Joco — 12/20/2008 @ 12:50 pm

  7. I wonder what kind of job she will land in the Obama administration?

    Comment by Hazy — 12/21/2008 @ 4:00 am

  8. I think she should be publicly compensated for the damage done to her reputation. Anyone familiar with QB VII will know what I’m talking about.

    Comment by backwoods conservative — 12/21/2008 @ 5:54 am

  9. Hazy: I’m thinking NSA. Then they can get some real privacy violations rolling, with nary a peep from the crowd that was so very concerned about such things before.

    Comment by PCachu — 12/22/2008 @ 7:42 am

  10. AD, I don’t believe that damage awards are taxable as income. Joe should be able to keep the money he gets from Ohio.

    Comment by PCD — 12/22/2008 @ 8:51 am

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