State Parties attack each other after personal information leaked in DUI mailer
10/20/2014 02:42 PM
The Republican Party of Kentucky and 23rd District GOP candidate Jeff Jobe are calling on the attorney general to investigate the Kentucky Democratic Party and Democratic Rep. Johnny Bell of Glasgow after a campaign mailer surfaced over the weekend.
The mailer calls out Jobe, who is challenging Bell in the district, for drunk driving arrests. However, the Republican Party says the Democratic Party, who sent the mailer on behalf of Bell, released Jobe’s personal information including his social security number and address — which they say is identity theft.
“The actions by the Kentucky Democratic Party clearly rise to the level of identity theft,” said Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson in a statement. “I’m calling on the Attorney General to fully and immediately investigate the release of Jeff Jobe’s personal information.”
Jobe was arrested for drunk driving in September of 2008 with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. Jobe was again arrested in July of 2009 and charged with reckless driving “under suspicion of driving under the influence.”
Jobe responded to the mailer saying his past is “fair game.”
“But for the State Democratic Party to mail my personal information, particularly my Social Security number, to thousands of individuals is downright criminal. And since this serves as an in-kind donation to Mr. Bell’s campaign, I am calling on him to renounce what his State Party has done,” Jobe said in a statement.
Jobe said he has made amends for what he had done, but the call for justice in this instance has nothing to do with the past.
“I’ve personally apologized for my mistakes of the past, to both my family and the Lord, but that’s not what this is about. It’s about a group who knowingly and willingly committed identity theft,” Jobe said.
An initial press release from the Republican Party blamed Bell for the leaked information.
The Democratic Party responded to the calls from the Republican Party saying they should be “ashamed for defending Jobe, who has been caught drunk driving repeatedly.”
“As for releasing public information about his arrests, we believe the voters of the 23rd District deserve to know the truth about Jeff Jobe,” Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said in a statement. “We will make sure in the future that we only remind voters that he was trying to pick up his children with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, that he has over 20 citations for illegal and dangerous driving violations, and that he served time in jail for his drunk driving. Jeff Jobe doesn’t deserve the support of the voters of the 23rd House District.”
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