October 24th, 2008
11:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Joe the Plumber open to 2010 run

Joe Wurzelbacher said he may run for Congress in 2010.
Joe Wurzelbacher said he may run for Congress in 2010.

(CNN) – Could Joe the Plumber become Joe the congressman?

Joe Wurzelbacher, the most famous plumber in America thanks to John McCain and Sarah Palin, told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Friday he's considering a run for Congress in 2010.

That would pit Wurzelbacher against longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur for Ohio's 9th district on the state’s northern border, which includes Toledo and Sandusky. "I'll tell you what, we'd definitely be in one heck of a fight, Marcy Kaptur definitely has a following in this area," he said of the possibility. "But, you know, I'd be up for it."

Wurzelbacher's chances would likely be slim. Kaptur has served in the district for 25 years, and remains a popular figure there. She won reelection in 2006 with nearly 75 percent of the vote and is expected to easily sail through another reelection this year.

But Wurzelbacher, who gained fame after he challenged Barack Obama on his tax plan earlier this month, has attained a certain rock-star status in the Republican Party and his entrance into the race would likely be greeted with instant excitement and media coverage.

Ingraham herself said she would immediately volunteer for his campaign and help him with campaign advertising and PR. Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee said they would welcome Wurzelbacher's candidacy with "open arms.”

"We support Joe the Plumber and people like him everyday with our support for lower taxes and energy independence," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said.

But a spokesman for Kaptur told CNN Wurzelbacher is already off on the wrong foot.

"We just had another big layoff at the jeep plant, another 800 workers," Kaptur spokesman Steve Fought said. "So embracing Bush-McCain economics is kind of a strange way to launch your campaign. I'd have to question that strategy"

Wurzelbacher's comments come a week after a group of college Republicans launched a Web site with the hope of drafting him for a congressional run.

“Washington, DC is broken and it needs to be fixed. Joe Wurzelbacher has a real-world perspective and the right attitude to clean up the mess on Capitol Hill,” says the group’s Web site, which carries the slogan, “Plunge the crap out of Washington.”


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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. PDXGal

    Great, yet another big fake in the GOP.

    October 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Marie

    His name is not Joe isn't it Samuel and he is not a plumber more like

    SAMUEL THE LIAR

    October 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. RIF

    Well, he's got the right resume to run in the GOP party. Lying, low-life, scumbag.

    October 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Independent Voter

    are you for real? here we go...dumb, dumber, dumbest moves ever by the republican party!!

    Voted for OBAMA early in Florida!!

    October 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Interesting, Senator Obama was attacked over his experience, and Joe has less than him.

    October 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Alex

    Dear Joe,

    Get out.

    Love

    America

    October 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Maureen

    This guy is clearly delusional. Wow, the Republican Party is desperate.

    October 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Neecy

    Why is he still even in the news...he's not even a PLUMBER!!!!

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. scared citizen

    is this a joke???

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Well..

    You....have....got....to...be....kidding...me....

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. RIF

    Try actually getting a plumber's liscence and paying your taxes first.

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. OhioGuy

    Give me a break.

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Greg in Mpls

    Please no. Just fade away into election history if you want to do any good for people!

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Mike G - Toronto, ON, CA

    Why not run as a Republican, he lies and misleads people.......He'll fit right in.

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Vince

    Congress is certainly a better fit in government for an "Average" Joe.
    Then in 2012 the GOP can have a Palin/Plumber ticket!

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    Thank GOD I don't live in OH...and if I did, I would write in Thomas Crapper instead of voting for this tax evader

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Liberated!

    Of course he can.....any idiot can run for positions in the Republican party.....you don't need a brain or even any policy.....look at their master and commander the President.....look at their candidate for President, look at their air head VP....look at all their representatives...all dodo heads. Even the Crazy McCain rally lady who said Obama was Arab can run!! Country first right.....how about intelligence and knowledge first! They should have used that $150K they spent Palin's clothes to buy her a brain!

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Lola

    CNN why must you continue to toture your readers with this joe the plumber crap! ENOUGH!!!

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. freshdem15

    Joe The Plumber is a fraud, they even said he was on some conservative radio show before he confronted Obama on the street in his town!!!!

    Totally fake

    sooooo sick of Joe the Plumber !!!!!!

    dropping my ballott off today to my County elections office, not taking any chances here in Oregon......

    Voted for Obama/Biden

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Well...

    After his unpaid taxes issue, unlawful plumbing work, and lies about buying a business should be a far cry to NOT prolong his 15 minutes of fame.

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. H. Charles

    Why is the media entertaining this?

    October 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Not sleeping at the switch

    It took me ten FULL Minutes to finishing laughing and half choking to death after reading this.

    Has the Gop dug completely THROUGH the bottom of the Barrel and into the dirt now.

    If I were a Hard working HONEST member of the GOP I would be completely insulted at how they keep bringing in these amatures who are also FAKES to jump over all of the hard work ,training and education I had worked so hard to accumulate to see THEM put up for office over me.

    GOP is looking more and more like a joke everyday.

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Louis in Los Angeles

    Just what the Repugnant Party needs, another angry, underqualified phony!

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. BM

    Another Keating?This is a man who has broken the law already by working without a license and now he is popular? Now I know that McCain has really lost his bearings~

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. globalgroove

    You have got to be kidding me!!!! This guy is so full of himself...But I guess if the bugman DeLay could do it so could the plumber...LOL

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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