Fed­eral court re­jects ‘Joe the Plumber’ suit

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

CINCIN­NATI | Fed­eral judges in Cincin­nati have re­jected a law­suit by “Joe the Plumber” claim­ing his rights were vi­o­lated by a state records search af­ter he voiced public con­cern over taxes to then­can­di­date Barack Obama.

The three-judge 6th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals panel up­held dis­missal of the law­suit. Sa­muel Wurzel­bacher be­came na­tion­ally known as “Joe” dur­ing the 2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign af­ter the much-quoted dis­cus­sion.

He claims his First Amend­ment and privacy rights were vi­o­lated by Ohio Job and Fam­ily Ser­vices of­fi­cials who searched data­bases for in­for­ma­tion about him. The judges found Mr. Wurzel­bacher wasn’t harmed nor his free speech chilled by “fruit­less data­base searches.”

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Mr. Wurzel­bacher won the House 9th Dis­trict GOP nom­i­na­tion this year and will face Demo­cratic Rep. Marcy Kap­tur. Re­pub­li­can, when asked what she’ll get out of go­ing to the game April 6.

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