Jared Wheeler Attracting Headlines with GOP

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A former Magoffin County resident went searching for some bad Deeds and ended up as the featured fellow in a Washington Post article.
Jared Wheeler, a 2000 graduate of Magoffin County High School, was apparently researching the past actions of a man by the name of Creigh Deeds when his activities became newsworthy to Rosalind Helderman, who penned the short article for the Washington Post.
According to the July 3 article, Wheeler traveled to Bath County, Virginia last month and "spent a couple solid days sifting through records in the county courthouse. Though he attracted attention, the folks in Bath said they were careful to give Wheeler everything he asked for and be as helpful as they could."
Wheeler, the son of current Magoffin County teacher Paula Wheeler, was tabbed as a "Republican operative" in the article.
He was reportedly researching Deeds’ past doings for Victory, a joint Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Virginia effort to elect Bob McDonnell as Virginia’s next governor.
Creigh Deeds, a Bath County native, is the Democrat’s pick for the same office.
Wheeler, known locally as a solid student, solid citizen, and a solid first baseman with a big stick, has served the past few years as an employee of various Republican office holders, including the late Paul Gilmore, congressman from Ohio.
Wheeler left Salyersville in 2000 for Alice Lloyd College where he graduated near the top of his class and a full semester shorter than a normal four-year degree requires.
From college in the hills of Knott County, where he turned down an opportunity to play baseball in favor of the classroom, Wheeler traveled to the nation’s capitol and eventually landed a job with the Republican Party.
After a few years in Washington D.C., he is now on the road, traveling from one political hotspot to another while serving Republican efforts in a variety of manners.
As the Post report indicates, Wheeler is currently researching the other side in an effort to find and report whatever might turn up.
"This is the way politics is played, of course," the Post article said.
And if politics is played anything like the game of baseball, Jared Wheeler will continue to be a team player while giving the good effort.