Helen Jones-Kelley, the state agency director who authorized the infamous background search on Joe the Plumber, has resigned.
Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, made the decision within the past hour and has sent a letter of resignation to the governor, her attorney H. Ritchey Hollenbaugh confirmed.
Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland had suspended Jones-Kelley after a state inspector general’s report concluded that the search on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, was not done for legitimate reasons. Republicans, however, complained that the punishment was too light and that Jones-Kelley should be fired.
Jones-Kelley was expected to return Sunday from the 30-day unpaid suspension for allowing child support and other unnecessary personal checks into Wurzelbacher, who became an overnight sensation in October during the presidential campaign.
Since then, both Strickland and Jones-Kelley have become the target of harsh criticism by Republicans, who said the searches were a political witch hunt
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