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. mildredjohnson58@yahoo.com

    IN THE INFAMOUS WORDS OF GOV. SARAH PALIN, SAY IT AINT SO JOE. PLEASE SAY IT AINT SO!!!!

    October 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. cnn publish my comments

    oh lord
    if palin mouse can ran anyone can run

    and if the GOP and the RNC approves them, hey even lilmbaugh will run,

    we had rove adn cheney
    why not joe

    after all ,we are the laughing joke of the whole planet
    with brainless women speaking in non english, and old mcgrumpy being grumpy every moment and confusing cindy with palin

    ohhh
    we have lost it and our expectations are that low..............cant get lower..

    someone save the planet

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Goofy as Palin

    Same mistake is made by Republicans with Joe the Plumber as they've made with Sarah Palin. At first there's excitement . . . because for awhile novelty and attitude are all that's necessary. But eventually the rest of the story gets out

    It turns out . . . Joe the Plumber doesn't have a license . . . would never qualify for the kind of bank loan necessary to buy a business with $250,000 in annual profit . . . and doesn't understand the distinction between net income and gross revenues. Probably he's an okay guy. But he's totally out of his league when it comes to the legal, political, and economic issues facing this country. And that would come out in an election.

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. truthsayer

    Joe the tax dodger running for office. LMAO!!

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. CM in AR

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... Well let's face it gang, if Sarah can run why not Joe the unplumber! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Against the rules, Joe! You have had your 15 minutes of fame. Now, go get a plumber's license, will you?

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. KG, Twin Cities

    Kathleen the cube dweller is rolling on the floor laughing.

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Okon

    ............you better get a plumbing license, and pay all your taxes before thinking abt election, you think this few days of press will get you to unseat someone who has been in the congress for 25 years.

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. C

    REPUBLICANS ARE JUST PICKING UP ANYBODY OFF THE STREET THESE DAYS... HA HA HA . THE PARTY IS A JOKE! THIS GUY WAS A MCCAIN PLANT FROM THE BEGINING.

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Cathy Brandes

    You can't be serious!

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Stokes

    Seriously.....I might as well put my name on the ticket to run in California. The GOP again jumped the gun in showing their "support" for someone that served their immediate needs (AKA Malibu Barbie). We see how underqualified she is.....Now Joe the Plumber who doesn't make anywhere near enough money to benefit from McCain's tax plan. The guy is an idiot....Rebulicans are like Lemmings....Hateful lemmings that can't think for themselves....That is the type of people they prey on....Thank goodness for change November 4th. I can't wait for these windbags to disappear.

    October 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Brian

    at this rate he will make way over 250K with his celeb status and his taxes will rise.. its kind of a messed up way to get there but hey 250k is still more than he was making as an unlicensed plumber.

    Well I guess he could have been making 250 under the table and he wouldn't get tax increases under Obama, Bush, or McCain!!

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Wally©

    Only in America !!!!!

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Fred Goss

    If this is the best the Republicans can do, they are in big trouble. I guess if living next to Russia can make you an expert on foreign policy, I don't see why haivng been on TV and spoken to a presidential candidate cannot quality you to serve in Congress. The best of luck, Joe!

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Chris

    I swear this this only speak to the thought process of most of the Republican base!!! This guy is got 15 min of fame and he is ready to run for Congress!!! LOL I'm all for the Mr.Smith goes to Washington motiff but, come on give me a break. First he need to realize that he is currently no a plumber therefore he misrepresented himself when he purposed the question to Obama. Second he needs to pay and take care of those liens he has with his current tax situation. Third he should hope Obama wins and past a new tax plan so that, he can get a tax cut!!! OMG HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE!!! The funny part about it is the Republican base EATs this stuff up...LOL Make you go hmmmm?

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. tulsa

    .......BWWWWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
    This guy is just mind blowing.

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Tired of W, OH

    Give it up, Nightingale. Your guy's not gonna win. Acceptance is always the hardest part. You'll do fine. LOL!

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. theogracias

    He's more qualified then Palin...and he is not even close to being qualified to be a plumber.

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. maxine

    joe your 15 minutes are up. please leave quietly.

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Kiah G

    CNN please get a life for all of us. I know Barack visiting his Toot makes for a slow news day with McCain's lying plants, Palin's daily bold face LIES, and McCain's complete and utter ineptitude. But no one in their right mind would elect this blithering idiot. back taxes owing loser to public office.

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Karen in CO

    Well, I guess he's as qualified as Sarah Palin – meaning not at all.

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. adg

    OK!!! what are they thinking? they are nuts!!!!

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. No McCain

    yea yea yea ...ma grandma always wanted to do this too....

    October 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. AZ4OBAMA

    Can we just stop this nonsense.....how can we elect a lying tax evading plumber for congress?

    October 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. jj in Idaho

    Oh dear god no....not another minute on this guy! C'mon, Joe, don't you have an actual job any more? How do you have time for all this nonsense?

    I'm with RIF: try getting your license and paying your taxes first. I mean, if you're going to "clean up Washington," you should probably clean your own house first.

    October 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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