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. Proud to be American

    The fake plumber is going to run in 2010 .... only in America. I suppose the folks that voted for Bush twice will vote for him. Give me break! back to seriousness.... folks remember to vote on the 4th the Rethugs will do anything to win and cheating is in their scope.... take a friend, neighbor come all ... no matter how long the lines or the people trying to turn you away just VOTE ....... Vote as if your life depend on it...... vote for:

    ********************Obama and Biden 2008!*********************************

    Thank you!

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    OMG – more crazies in our politics. Does he know what the job entails.

    Thanks but no thanks.

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

    Let's see... doing plumbing work without a license, not paying taxes...

    Yep, he's ready for the Republican party alright.

    Glad to see they're not taking current events as a sign to move in a new direction or anything. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.

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

    come on this guy is a joke....you had your 10 minutes of fame...let it go.

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Independent for Obama

    Is this for real? I guess I'll run too. Why not.

    Enough with Joe the plumber. This isn't news. BORING!!!! I thought he wanted privacy. You can't tell by all the interviews he is doing. Can someone tell him to pay his back taxes before he runs.

    October 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Kelby from Houston, TX

    WoW. This guy had 5 minutes with Obama and now he is freakin famous.
    WHISKEY
    TANGO
    FOXTROT!
    So it doesn't matter that his first name ain't Joe, He doesn't pay his taxes, he lied (he is a rethuglican that was trying to get Obama to say "I'll raise your taxes" and he knew exactly which circumstances in which Obama would raise his taxes and that's what he gave him.
    That's okay, if he runs on the rethuglican ticket against a dem in the near and distant future, he is sure to lose!

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

    What a joke this guy is. But hey, if he wants to run more power to him.

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Angel, Atlanta, GA

    Before he can run for anything he would have to pay his tax bill to the state of Ohio. Why is this man in the media? He isn't a tax paying citizen. He isn't trying to buy his own company. He isn't even a licensed plumber. He is really just playing "handy man" and collecting a pay check for it. Joe the Plumber's picture should be posted in the Post Office for not paying his taxes.

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. sacto joe

    The perversity of politics. Here's a guy who flat LIED about his prospects for buying his business and what it might earn.

    A know-nothing who shot his mouth off gets rewarded.

    Meanwhile, the rest of us REAL Joe's get shafted by the Republicans and their buddies the wealthy....

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Jon

    How about those tax returns

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Sidney Crosby

    Wow really??? He will be the male version of Sarah Palin.

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. HUFFINGTON POST

    SO A MCCAIN CAMPAIGN ADVISOR HAS ENDORSED SENATOR OBAMA AND THIS IS THE NEWS STORY??? CNN IS THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER OF NEWS MEDIA. FOX NEWS IS THE REPUBLICAN'S & THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS PROPEGANDA CHANNEL.

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I guess when the republicans paid his back taxes, he decided he would run and lie some more and become wealthy. ha ha ha ha ha

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. NavyMom

    He's off to a good start – lying in front of the media and not paying his taxes. Clean up the mess in Washington? He needs to clean up his own act first! I felt sorry for the guy until I looked at that video again – if he was not a McCain campaign plant, then there are no buckeyes in Ohio.

    October 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Bubba

    Please let him run – that would be sweet! He'd be dogfood in a week if he seriously made himself GOP fair game. Republican party: no training or skills needed.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. 50 states: BLUE: 08

    Is this a joke...dear god.

    The level of intelligent brain cells keep dwindling down...

    Who in their right mind would have this kind of crap around...

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. ConsiderThis, FL

    A Palin clone.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Thomas

    "We just had another big layoff at the jeep plant, another 800 workers," – "Kaptur has served in the district for 25 years" so hes getting off on the wrong foot when the jeep plant is laying of workers and Kaptur in the one in power when that happened... Seems to me like Kaptur should lose her seat for doing nothing for her area...

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. er74

    OH MY GOD!

    Like Fey in SNL. This just proof that anyone.. and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. ANYONE even the most unqualified clown in this country can consider being a politician.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Billy

    Joe, can you go to Alaska with Palin after this election is over? (and don't come back)

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    His 15minutes are so over! Wishful thinking.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. BOOTSTOMPER

    Perfect, one more highly educated republican who doesn't pay taxes.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. witch

    That is just plain stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Georgia Gal

    Oh my heavens, you are friggin kidding me?!!

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. rhoward

    He's a legend in his own mind.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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