(CNN) - Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, has become an integral part of John McCain's presidential bid, but it appears the Arizona senator's campaign and the now-famous Toledo plumber need to work on their communication skills.
McCain aides told CNN's Dana Bash Wurzelbacher would appear with the Republican presidential candidate at his first campaign event in Defiance, Ohio. But in what was a slightly awkward moment for McCain, Wurzelbacher was nowhere to be seen when the Arizona senator called out for him.
Read Dana Bash's first person account of the mix up on AC360 blog
A campaign aide later said Wurzelbacher had "decided not to come" and may join McCain later in the day.
But reached at his home by CNN's Mary Snow, Wurzelbacher said it was "news to him" that he was supposed to be at the McCain rally. Wurzelbacher said nobody from the McCain campaign confirmed he was attending the event and called the incident a "miscommunication."
Wurzelbacher also said he is headed to Philadelphia for a charity event unrelated to the campaign and has no plans to meet up with McCain today.
UPDATE: Contacted by CNN a second time, Wurzelbacher said the campaign only called him to confirm after the event in question already took place. He will now try to meet up with McCain later in the day.
Watch: 'Joe': McCain 'a real American'
Wurzelbacher also said he had gotten an initial call about coming to the morning rally, "but no one called back to confirm," and was "not happy" that McCain had called out his name and he wasn't there.
Neither Joe, Nor Plumber. Sam Joe Wurzelbacher
Mcain had better wake up, I think this entire "Joe the Plumber" stunt is going to back fire.....
IF JOHN MCCAIN CANT CONTROL JOE THE PLUMBER HOW IS HE GOING TO CONTROL PUTIN AND AHMADINAJAD???!!!
HA HA HA HA!!! SOME LEADERSHIP!!!
McCain can't run a campaign and he wants to run the country? Oh, I don't think so.
Maybe McCain was trying to multi-task when he made the appointment!!!!!!!!!! LOL. What a Pres he would be.
Now we know why he never got his license.
WHO FLIPPIN CARES!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH OMG !!!! - NOW THAT MADE MY DAY
I guess the PLUMBER had to consult with his publicist first…
I didn't think there WERE any more wheels to fall off that bus!
Hahahahahahahaha...OMG...hahahahahahahaha...pardon me...hahahahahahahahaha...oooooooooooooh goodness me...hahahahahahahahaha...
What clown is running his campaign? The drama and comedy are top notch!!
Not the kind of plumber I want at my house, shows up when he wants to. Must be making to much money.
i just think that it is sad that McCain is relying on a non-plumber, not-named-Joe to revive up his campaign. I can't wait to til the non-experience governor, with no knowledge of foreign-affairs to be his opening act. Oh wait.. SARAH PALIN. Their campaign is just sad.
Joe the diva !!! He is holding out for more money!!!!!
John McCain: Not ready to lead.
You should be called Joe the joker not Joe the plumber.
It was FABULOUS when McCain called on 'Joe the Plunger' and he wasn't there. It was PRICELESS.
Maybe 'Joe the TAX EVADER' is in the pokey.
is this really news, and is he really helping their ticket, now book endorsements, congress running and my favorite country and western singer, they probably have to have their plant hang around for 15 more minutes of fame, hey joe paid your taxes yet?
About as significant as the news that he would show up, which is to say that it really isn't significant at all.
The only thing it does is raise the possibility that he was a republican plant in the first place. Honestly, I'm sort of glad that he didn't show because for all the talk about the guy, I'd like to think that he was just some guy and not a political dirty trick.
"Joe the Plumber" is another bad decision around McCain's neck dragging him further down below into the depth's of no return. McCain continues to make poor decisions and this guy is in it for himself.
hahahahaha! That is hysterical. Maybe Joe the plumber needs to be introduced to Joe the scheduler. How's that country music album coming?
When I call a Plumber they came and fixed the pipe problem we had on time .
When McCain calls the Plumber to come out in from of a large crowd he does not come out .
Why because McCain did not call to make an appointment.
What a joke this is .
I wish I was their .
Joe The Plumber come on out Joe are you their hey Joe .
Oh sorry my fellow Americans Joe the Plumber is not here.
and some people want these people to run the country, totally pathetic.
who is this joe, why are the american people so blinded, can't they really see if the sky is blue , or they are robot in motion, no senses or anything , wow i use to enjoy the dumies show, when i was a little boy, but now i see the same show played on the american people by their master,,, laughhhhhhhh is joe's name samuel somthing sound like he is not even american , maybe from Israel, check it out people
Yeah, that's right. John McCain called out for Joe the Plumber and he wasn't there. Why? Because they're not on the ball. If they can't get a campaing to run smoothly, what makes the American people think that they can run a Government? Guess what? I'm not showing up for McCain either.
Mauricio "the Pharmaceutical Compliance Cooridinataor" Ramirez