[ISN] State employee says she was ordered to check out Joe the Plumber

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 02:27:53 -0600 (CST)

By Randy Ludlow
The Columbus Dispatch 
October 31, 2008

Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support 
check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. 
A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his 

Niekamp didn't know she just had checked on "Joe the Plumber," who was 
elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as 
Republican John McCain's example in a debate of an average American.

The senior manager would not learn about "Joe" for another week, when 
she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail 
stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry.

The reason Niekamp said she was given for checking if there was a 
child-support case on Wurzelbacher does not match the reason given by 
the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are 
"thrust into the public spotlight," amid suggestions they may have come 
into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved 
public assistance.


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