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A Call To Action The Ohio Christian Alliance is Urging All Ohioans To Contact Their State Representatives and State Senators and Governor Strickland’s Office To Demand A Thorough and Open Investigation Into the Misuse of State Government Databases to Investigate Private Citizen Joe Wurzelbacher, known as “Joe the Plumber”.

The highly publicized case in which an Ohio resident asked Presidential Candidate Barack Obama a question concerning taxation on his small business, and what took place in the aftermath of “Joe the Plumber” is of great concern to this organization and its membership. We are a voter education organization, committed to providing nonpartisan educational voter guides, scorecards, and candidate forums, and encouraging voter registration and participation in the electoral process.

This issue is not simply a partisan battle. It is, however, a direct threat to individual freedoms of every American to participate, engage, and question candidates and office holders on a variety of subjects. The issue simply stated is, "Does the state government have the right to investigate private citizens simply because they ask questions of candidates and/or office holders?"

When it came to light that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and the Ohio Department of Taxation all initiated investigations on Mr. Joe Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber) for no apparent reason other than that the partisans within those agencies were seeking to discredit this private citizen, it was obvious that this was an abuse of power and an overreach by state governmental authorities. This is simply an outrage.

Governor Strickland, to date, has been slow to move on this matter. His actions as of the writing of this letter were simply to place the director Job and Family Services, Helen Jones-Kelley on paid administrative leave. And only after today’s report from the Inspector General’s office which stated that the ODJFS Director Helen Jones-Kelley improperly authorized searches on Samuel Wurzelbacher, the northwest Ohio resident who became known as “Joe the Plumber,” did the Governor place Ms. Jones-Kelley on a one-month unpaid administrative leave. The Governor obviously is not taking this matter seriously enough, and needs to hear from you.

Please take time to use the contact information below to notify Governor Strickland and your State Representative and State Senator regarding your concerns on this matter. If this goes unchecked, it will have a chilling effect in future elections and on possible advocacy work of private citizens who will worry whether their letter, phone call or questions of any political candidate or office holder will prompt an investigation by state agencies.

We will not let Mr. Wurzelbacher stand alone. This concerns each and every one of us.

Ohio House of Representatives:

Ohio Senate:

Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

General Info: (614) 466-3555
Fax: (614) 466-9354

Contact the Governor

Sign the petition of Call to Action concerning the unlawful
investigation of Joe the Plumber

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