Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ethics Violation in County Clerk Race?

According to an article by Zeke Campfield, writer for the Daily Oklahoman, one of the candidates in the upcoming runoff election for Oklahoma County Court Clerk might have violated state statute by using state resources for campaign purposes.

A complaint was filed against Deputy Court Clerk Tim Rhodes, who until recently was a registered Democrat, for misusing county resources to further his campaign for the office of Court Clerk.  According to the complaint, Rhodes used his computer at work to perform background investigations on the other Republican candidates for that race.

Tim Rhodes is one of two Republicans in a runoff election coming up in August for the office of Oklahoma County Court Clerk. His opponent is current Oklahoma Representative Charles Key.

Per state statute, the use of public resources by any state or county employee for political activity is forbidden.

According to the article, Rhodes told the Oklahoman that he doesn’t remember if he used his office computer or not and is quoted as saying, “Am I going to categorically deny that that may have occurred. It may or may not.”  He said that he knew he did background checks on his opponents at home but does not remember if he did it from his office.

Rhodes has been deputy court clerk for some 15 years in Oklahoma County. You would think that by now he would know whether or not he can use his office resources to further his own campaign. If he did use these resources, is this really someone you can trust as court clerk? If he doesn’t remember whether or not he used them, is this really someone you can trust to be competent enough to be the court clerk?
Personally, I think he knows whether or not he used his office computer to gather information on his opponents. Personally, I think he did and like many other politicians, is trying to cover it up by saying he doesn’t remember.

I don’t think Tim Rhodes is the kind of person I want as Oklahoma County Court Clerk.

Do you?


  1. Anonymous7:08 PM

    longer employed at Newell.[4]

    [edit] Tax controversy

    ABC News reported on October 16, 2008, that there was a judgment lien against Wurzelbacher for non-payment of $1,182 in owed Ohio state income taxes dating to January 2007, but "no action has been taken against him outside of filing the lien." Barb Losie, deputy clerk of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, said that "there is a 99 percent chance [Wurzelbacher] doesn't know about the lien, unless he did a credit report or was ready to pay his taxes."[67] While on Hannity & Colmes, Wurzelbacher stated that he was unaware of the tax lien prior to it being reported in the press.[68] The taxes were paid on November 6.[69]

    [edit] Database search controversy

    Main article: Controversial Ohio database searches of Joe Wurzelbacher

    Prior to the 2008 election, Vanessa Niekamp, an employee of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services, at the behest of its director, Helen Jones-Kelley, used state computers to search for information on Joe Wurzelbacher. On November 20, 2008, Niekamp reported the violation to the State Inspector General. State and local officials completed an investigation into Jones-Kelley's order, concluding that the searches were improper.[70][71] On December 17, 2008, Jones-Kelley resigned.[72] In response to the event, Republican Ohio state representative Shannon Jones sponsored House Bill 648, which mandates civil and criminal penalties for improper access of personal information on state databases.[73] On January 6, 2009, Governor Ted Strickland signed the legislation,[74] which became effective after 90 days.[75]

    On March 5, 2009, on behalf of Joe Wurzelbacher, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Columbus[76] charging that Jones-Kelley and fellow ODJFS employees Fred Williams and Doug Thompson improperly searched "confidential state databases" in an attempt to retaliate against Wurzelbacher's criticism of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.[76] The lawsuit claims that "officials of the State of Ohio violated Mr. Wurzelbacher's constitutional rights,"[77] and that "Wurzelbacher suffered emotional distress, harassment, and embarrassment as a result of the search."[78] Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, stated that "no American should be investigated for simply asking a question of a public official."[79] The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages.[78] On August 4, 2010, the U.S District Court in Columbus dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the state database search didn't amount to a constitutional violation to the right to privacy. Judicial Watch stated it will appeal.[80]

    On October 14, 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported that, "A former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police has been charged with rummaging through state computers to retrieve confidential information about 'Joe the Plumber.'" The State Highway Patrol has stated that, "this individual has also used a law-enforcement computer network on Oct. 16, 2008 to access personal information about Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher."[81]

  2. Anonymous11:49 PM PROUD OF TIM!!!!! Tim is only using living people unlike OBAMA just watch the show and see for yourself!!!! THE AG REPORT WILL WAIT UNTILL AFTER THE ELECTION WHY WOULD THEY HURRY?

  3. Anonymous11:11 PM It must be a democrat thing to not care about ethics thats ok the ag is on their team this will be swept under the rug and forgotten. Democrats own the Oklahoma County Courthouse.MRS Presley wants her boy Tim in her place to play the puppet for her as a replacement.