Joe-gate director resigns

Helen Jones-Kelley, who illegally used a state database to spy on “Joe the Plumber” is resigning:

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.

Two other officials who were suspended from their positions for their role in the computer search will not be returning to their jobs, an agency spokeswoman said.

But, Jones-Kelley wants us to know that she is the real victim here:

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.


For more disparagement of Jones-Kelley’s reputation, see the Ohio Inspector General’s report.

This isn’t the end of the story. There’s also Doug Thompson, who helped orchestrate the attempted cover-up at the Department of Job and Family Services, plus five other Ohio agencies that illegally investigated Wurzelbacher. Then there’s the question of why Ohio Governor Ted Strickland decided to stand by all these criminals.

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