How did people get dirt on Joe the Plumber?

posted at 10:44 am on October 25, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

How did so much information about Joe Wurzelbacher’s taxes and licensing get out to the public so quickly?  Officials in Ohio want to know the answer.  They apparently suspect that state and local government systems got exploited in order to attack Joe the Plumber:

State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about “Joe the Plumber.”

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama. …

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

The accounts used to access the information at the BMV and tax records all came from government agencies.  This information is only supposed to be accessed for legitimate investigations, not just for curiosity, and certainly not for political purposes.  Who in these government offices would have wanted to investigate Wurzelbacher, and for what legitimate reason — within hours of a presidential debate in which he played a significant part?

Answer: no legitimate reason exists.  This explains why so much dirt got thrown at Wurzelbacher so quickly.  At least one person, and almost certainly more than one person, decided to rifle through government records to discredit Wurzelbacher. That explains how they knew about his brief association years ago with the Natural Law Party; someone must have gone through the voter-registration records.

Thanks to the Tanning Bed Media, the effort to smear Wurzelbacher worked.  No one questioned how this information got out, or who might have been behind its publication.  The media, which still hasn’t bothered to report on Barack Obama’s association with the quasi-socialist New Party in Chicago, happily printed all the dirt they could find on Wurzelbacher instead.

Thirty-five years ago, a group of Plumbers did the same kind of thing in a presidential election, and it changed American politics forever.  This smells of the same kind of Nixonian tactics.


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It’s not really fair to call Obama another Nixon, because Nixon didn’t have the Internet.

Jim Treacher on October 26, 2008 at 9:22 AM

You mean “internets”?

connertown on October 26, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Didn’t Saddam have spies that keep the Iraqis towing the line just like this? Only difference being Saddam jailed and tortured his victims. But Obama isn’t president yet!

Bicyea on October 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Bicyea on October 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I believe that is what happened. The Obamanation sheep haven’t figured that out yet. I do believe that if NoBO wins, there will be a lot of things that will change. Not in a good way either. McCain has to win!

sheebe on October 26, 2008 at 7:25 PM

It’s not really fair to call Obama another Nixon, because Nixon didn’t have the Internet.

Jim Treacher on October 26, 2008 at 9:22 AM

True. But Nixon had wire taps….. :)

sheebe on October 26, 2008 at 7:26 PM

True. But Nixon had wire taps….. :)

sheebe on October 26, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Obama will be just like Nixon in that he’ll actually sick the IRS and FBI on his political adversaries. He’s already done it as a candidate for office. He’s called for, what, 5 or 6 FBI investigations of Republicans? All we can hope is that he gets taken down eventually.

Also, GWB had better issue a blanket pardon before he leaves office of all his people. Otherwise, rest assured Obama will come after them with guns blazing.

Outlander on October 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Joe W. is not a convicted criminal, nor was he placed under arrest, and there was no legitimate reason for the three OHIO government computers to have searched his background:
1. State Attorney General, HER office computer, “testing”;
2. State Dept. of Transportation and Safety;
3. Toledo Police Department.

Furthermore, the government employees not only illegitimately researched for dirt on a responsible citizen, but they gave that information to the press in order to smear the citizen.

Joe W. should sue them all. He needs pro bono legal representation. But this audaciously malicious display of Stalinist authoritarianism by Obama Big Brother must be nipped in the bud.

maverick muse on October 26, 2008 at 8:33 PM

All we can hope is that he gets taken down eventually.

Outlander on October 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM

In every stretch of the meaning. He’s in for a rough ride, 1 minute after he takes the oath.. the hammer drops and we attack like rabid pitbulls. We relentlessly go for the throat every single second of every day and night he clings to office. 2 years into this thing he may praying for impeachment. No Quarter.

Alden Pyle on October 26, 2008 at 8:52 PM

NIXON DID NOT ASK FOR THE WATERGATE BURGLARY, NOR DID HE HAVE ANY IDEA THAT SUCH WAS HAPPENING.

NIXON’S CRIME WAS THAT IN THE DISCOVERY HE TOUCHED THE CRIME LEAVING HIS MARK RATHER THAN STEER ABSOLUTELY CLEAR OF DECIDING WHAT TO DO ABOUT WHAT HE HAD HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH UP TO THAT POINT.

“I KNOW NOTHING” WAS TRUE UNTIL HE FOUND OUT. FINDING OUT WAS NOT A CRIME. BUT ONCE HE FOUND OUT, HE HAD THREE CHOICES AND HE CHOSE THE WRONG CHOICE IN TELLING HIS MEN TO GET RID OF THE CROOKS HE HAD NOT KNOWN ABOUT UP TO THAT POINT. HE SHOULD HAVE EITHER TURNED THE CROOKS OVER TO THE LAW ALONG WITH WHOEVER HIRED THE CROOKS; OR HE SHOULD HAVE TURNED AROUND AND LEFT THE ROOM WITHOUT SAYING A WORD, AND NEVER SAID HOW TO TRY COVERING IT UP. IT WAS A BURGLARY COMMITTED ON HIS WATCH BUT NOT AT HIS REQUEST AND NOT UNDER HIS SUPERVISION.

Obama was such an effective worker of fraud that Acorn hired Obama to teach clinics of volunteers the tricks of his trade. Acorn specifically hired Obama to legally represent them in their case that Obama managed to slick the right pockets into settling out of court, getting the judge to side with him in FORCING banks to make bad mortgage loans, loans that would not get repaid by illegal immigrants and lower income minorities. Obama hooked up with Bill Ayers to specifically transfer all kinds of large sums of money himself into socialist programs meant to usurp public education from the power of teachers union into the hands of Marxist authoritarians.

Obama makes Watergate look like a walk in the park when you consider the entire horrendous effects of Obama’s treachery to date via ACORN on our fallen economy and every non-profit organization that he’s abused in order to climb his Stalinist ladder through stolen identities and fraudulent registrations and false votes into the Oval Office. What Obama does once there is a nightmare that won’t end in four years even if he were only to serve one POTUS term. Obama means to have our liberty. His liberty isn’t enough to satisfy his demands. He must take ours in order to accomplish his Marxist goals, to own our minds and our lives.

WE MUST HAVE RULE OF LAW IMMEDIATELY, NOT WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT, BUT STOP THE FRAUD NOW!

maverick muse on October 26, 2008 at 8:58 PM

I guarantee that the parking lots of the government agencies involved in these breeches are riddled with cars sporting Obama bumper stickers. Many, many government workers are registered Democrats. Party loyalty trumps ethics in these bureaucracies.

onlineanalyst on October 27, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Party loyalty trumps ethics in these bureaucracies.

The understatement of the year. Democratic party loyalty also trumps loyalty to America and its ideals.

Through the immunity granted it by the media, the Democratic Party has morphed into a criminal enterprise, commiting electoral fraud on a massive scale, while its control of Congress has allowed it to neutralize the Federal Elections Commission, the very body designed to prevent this.

This is not hyperbole but fact, and any Democrat who is not disgusted by it, and who by their silence condones it, is a criminal and a traitor to their country.

As a youngster I looked down on those who voted a straight party ticket, and in fact in 2000 I voted for Gore. Never again – I vote straight R now because I cannot with honor vote otherwise.

drunyan8315 on October 27, 2008 at 8:22 AM

We know how the Demoncrates got the information. Half truths and manipulation of associations.

Now the libs want us to believe that a person who asked a legitimate question and got the truth out of Obombem’s mouth, is now a no good deadbeat who was not worthy of asking Obombem any question at all.

It is amazing how the libs destroy others when they make errors in judgment. Making Jack Nickelson’s infamous line “You want the truth, you cannot handle the truth” a reality the libs never want to face.

I appreciate the irony in comparing Nixon with Obombem. Nixon sent operatives disguised as plumbers to clean out the toilet called the Demoncatatic National Committee and were caught. While, a real plumber asked a legitimate question of the titular head of the Demoncratic Party and was caught up in a campaign by the Demoncratic Party to destroy his credibility, simply because they could not handle the truth that their leader spoke.

Let’s put this whole affair in proper focus. A real plumber flushed out the truth. So the Demoncrates, pretending to be plumber’s, replaced their “Ball and Cock” so if such questions are asked in the future there would be no way the truth could be flushed out.

MSGTAS on October 27, 2008 at 10:23 AM

No Quarter.

Alden Pyle on October 26, 2008

Rest assured, Obama will give no quarter. He should expect none.

SKYFOX on October 27, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

And the Left is always pushing for us to have all our personal information on-line, they tell us, don’t worry, its safe, it won’t be exploited.

Maxx on October 27, 2008 at 2:41 PM

I guess I have a bit of a different take on all of this than most folks. I actually find this stuff quite scary and worse yet that a majority of people on the left AND THE RIGHT, somehow believe that it’s the Media’s responsibility to POLICE these kinds of things. Draw attention to it yes but if we start giving the Media that kind of power over the nation, where does that leave us? Seriously folks. This is a question we need to ask ourselves.

It’s effectively happening in too many areas of law enforcement than I care to address but one strong example is the flaunting of immigration laws on the books because the “Media” doesn’t call attention to this enough. HUH? Laws are laws, and Republicans seem fine to have them evenly applied to themselves yet throw their hands up in the air when it’s not applied equally to Democrats or Democratic social/economic policies. If we make it the responsibility of the Media to police and enforce our laws rather than hold lawmakers accountable by doing what we did during the 2000 election, start going down to City Hall and knocking on doors with videocameras in toe and asking questions or demanding answers and bring a few LAWYERS along for the ride, then I don’t know why we continue to constantly show outrage that nothing is being down. Why should they do anything, we never hold them accountable really.

You get what you expect to get or you stand up and do something about it. I’m beginning to think that conservatives are just a bunch of lazy talking heads who’d rather type at their computers than actually go out and get their feet wet. Where are the Ohio citizens going down demanding an accounting? It’s simply sad really. Ohio is corrupted right now and it’s going to stay that way until some folks decide to do something about it. It’s not going to be the Media and you shouldn’t expect them to do the work for you.

Sultry Beauty on October 27, 2008 at 2:55 PM

…the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency….

…this is the most sinister bit of information of them all…remember Janet Reno and Mount Carmel…saving the children was it?

…child advocacy types seem to have a blind spot where parental rights and societal norms are concerned…they all seem to think that it takes a village…and, somehow, the village always seems to fail spectacularly and with regularity in protecting the most vulnerable when bureaucratic procedure is in play….

…with the last few dimes in his coffers, Mr. McCain needs to buy mainstream network time, showing nothing but the words of key Democrats…quotes, film clips…talking about our soldiers as “war criminals”…talking about wealth redistribution…and highlighting the thuggish methods of the Democratic Party….

…Mr. McCain introduces the piece with “Hey, get a load of this!”, and comes in at the end with “See, I told you. Vote for me.”…the filler, be it 5 or 10 or 30 minutes (whatever he can afford), being the words fo the guilty parties themselves….

…then, let Mr. Obama spend his 30 minutes of fame refuting….

Puritan1648 on October 27, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Maverick Muse, they didn’t hire Obama, which is his nice dodge for the fact that he volunteered to do the organizing for them.

Dan Collins on October 27, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Obama is a commie and does what commies do.

Phil Byler on October 28, 2008 at 12:18 AM