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.”


Filed under: Joe the plumber • John McCain
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Iona

    Dear God No!!!

    Next thing you know, Gayle Quinnell (aka crazy "Read Obama's an Arab" McCain rally lady) will be running for Governor of Minnesota.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    Again this Joe the FAKE was sent in to HELP McCain, but it turns OUT he is just LIKE Palin, ALL FOR SELF AGENDA IN 2010 & 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO JOE.................

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. jm for sc

    This beats all.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. paul (reformed republican)

    Hmmm. I'd actually have to say it would be a good thing to have Joe the Plumber run for public office. Maybe we need an entire nation of Joe the Plumbers to enter the political fray.

    Just one gentle reminder Joe: a Main Street, $40k/yr guy isn't going to fit in very well on a Republican ticket.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Shirley-Ohio

    Let Joe the Plumber get a life first, before considering a run for office.

    October 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Joe the Boxer

    We'd be happy to see this novelty of a "gimmick'" lose an election. Just make sure he's paid off the IRS with his back taxes before he runs.........

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. RD

    he will have to pay his back taxes first

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Is this some kind of a joke?

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Dave

    I can't believe these media stories. A plumper comes out of nowhere, asks Obama a question, then you just keep talkin and talkin about him. making such a big deal out of him. now you wanna sent him to the congress? what the hell?!

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. SteveAtlanta

    Can we stop talking about this guy? NO ONE CARES!

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Danielle

    ROTFLMAO ~ first he needs to pay his taxes and go back to school. He's a joke, along with John and Sarah.

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. A Real Feminist

    Lord help us all, each and every one if this guys fifteen minutes land him on Capitol Hill.

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Dawn

    Look what you have done McCain... Goddess forbid...

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. No McCain

    Sure Joe Plumer you can run for the Senate...but probably McCain will be the only one voting for you....so dont think that just one lucky question gets you in congress....

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Paul, FL-TLH

    Well, he's a good liar. So I'm sure he'll do fine :P

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. BatCat05

    Enough of McCain, Palin and "Joe" the Fake Plumber, they all need to plunge the crap out of the B.S. they've been selling the media!

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. gObama!

    He might want to start paying his taxes before considering a run for public office. What a joke.

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. chuck

    Can I throw up now?

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. ChristineM

    quote:
    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.”

    How stupid can you get?

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Manny

    Say it isn't so Joe! What platform will he be running under?

    October 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. witch

    To nightingale His name is Obama , Why do you hate him so much?

    October 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. HUFFINGTON POST

    Well Joe is already a liar when he claimed he was buying his business so he would fit right in with the GOP. Joe isn't even a licensed plumber. He is perfect for the republican congress, he has no qualifications and he lies all the time.

    October 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. joe the plumber

    There goes CNN again, going after Joe the Plumber for asking the tough the questions. If the media had been asking Obama the tough question, joe the plumber would never have happened.

    "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"

    Let me correct you on this, Joe the Plumber has become the symbol of Small Businesses in America who are going to be hurt due to Obama "Spread the Wealth" approach to fixing the economy

    October 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. For Obama

    Hell, if Palin can run for VP, joe the plumber, mickey mouse and Elvis and all be politicians.

    October 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Erik

    Joe the Plumbing Company Employee is a tax evader and a shill for the McCain campaign. The Democrat incumbent in his district would LOVE to see him get the Republican nomination.

    October 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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