'Joe the Plumber' to be Rep. Plumber?
October 10th, 2011
03:06 PM ET
3 years ago

'Joe the Plumber' to be Rep. Plumber?

(CNN) - Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," has taken steps toward launching a bid for a House seat in Ohio.

Wurzelbacher filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, indicating he would run as a Republican from the state's 9th district.

"Joe the Plumber" emerged on the national stage during the 2008 presidential campaign when he pressed then-Sen. Barack Obama over his plan for small business growth. The then-Republican presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin quickly capitalized on the exchange. Wurzelbacher, who it was later revealed was not a licensed plumber, appeared at campaign events with the GOP nominees.

Since the election he has attempted to capitalize on his notoriety and wrote a book in 2009 called, "Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream."

The Democratic-leaning northern 9th district includes parts of Toledo. On the Democratic side, Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur will face each other in an incumbent-versus-incumbent primary, the result of Congressional redistricting.

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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. dave

    Pay your taxes before you run, jerkface

    October 10, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. diridi

    stop this third class junk....o.k, GOP idiots...

    October 10, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. OhioGuy

    This Joe the Plumber guy should be on his hands in knees nealing to Obama for making his ignorant statements launch him into public life. This guy deserves nothing, he is an idiot.

    October 10, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Jake

    he's so much more appealing without McCain and Palin flocking him!

    October 10, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, they forot to include " foreign correspondent" and songwriter, as well. He got a gig reporting from Israel for some wacko-right website, and he took a stab a writing some songs ( I forget which country artist said he was pretty good). I guess Mr. Wurzelbacher wants to continue being a professional novelty act. He'll fit in well with the rest of the Tea Party freaks like Representative Walsh from IL: you rememeber him, the one who owes about 110 K in back child support. He and Joe can talk about what its like to not fulfill basic obligations to family and country, and which is worse for your image after you've been exposed to the world for being a hypocritical cretin.

    October 10, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. furious styles

    Has he pad his taxes yet and obtained proper business license?

    October 10, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. United We Stood

    Has Sammy Joe the unlicensed, tax-dodging fake plumber, wanna-be country singer paid back the monies due yet?
    The male version of $arah strikes again. $ammy and $arah, two American grifters.

    October 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Eric of Reseda

    This is just how whacked the Right is...that they think they can put this guy on a ticket and win. What's scary is that if he DID win, the Right would have no problem with a guy in office who is a fraud and half a moron.

    October 10, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. jeff kelly

    now here is some good news! I am sure this is going to help America a whole bunch!

    October 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. 100% ETH

    Here is what happened; as a plumber, he went to do the job into one of the Republican's House.
    The plumber complained his business is way down and he have no other means to pay his bills.
    The House owner advised the plumber, "Since most American they know you, you must run for Republican and you will make easy Money, just like running talk show. That's how most people got there...".

    HUmmmm..., just like a talk show.
    It is TRUE. Bad economy is good for politicians. They don't go bankrupt, since they got a lot to Talk!

    October 10, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well let's make sure that he's really a citizen to be running for public office, because didn't it turn out that he wasn't even a plumber? How about those taxes....are they paid up?

    October 10, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    Well, I guess after failing to buy that plumbing business he was never going to be, failing as a war correspondent, and failing to be an unlicensed plumber the guy whose name isn't actually Joe can try to be famous as a political candidate.

    October 10, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    surely the people of Ohio aren't THAT STUPID! They have enough problems right now with their govenor and the Speaker of the House than to be presented by a guy who cashed inon 15 mins of fame, lying about being a plumber, and not paying his taxes.

    October 10, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. chris

    he has no chance of winning against Dennis Kucinich. this is no more than a publicity stunt

    October 10, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Tracy

    i still blame Mccain for this idiot and for Palin. The republican party is a friggin Circus act that will never be duplicated. This is hillarious to watch. My neighbor downstairs from me is seriously considering running for president. And she is on some kind of government aid. She is planning to be on the republican ticket. OMG!!! She doesn't even realize she's calling her own party a freak show... She smokes, she moved from a trailer, and she's a nasty stringy hair white lady who loves young black men with their pants down to their ankles. But she thinks if Palin, Bachman, Gingrich, Perry and Cain have a chance, so does she.. How ridiculous.!!!!

    October 10, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    This is a joke right? You can't be serious! The plumber who thinks his poo poo don't stink is a fraud.

    October 10, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Victoria avgam54

    ha ha ha ha ha ha h he he he he eh ho ho ho WHAT A JOKE!

    October 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I agree. The Right keeps plummeting to new lows. Imagine unearthing this fake mouthpiece from the past and trying to run him for office. Then again, maybe the same eejits that filled the House with Rethugs last November will be on hand to vote for him.
    American like their GOPers big, loud, and dumb.

    October 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Tony in Maine

    ROTFLMAO. Whadda maroon.

    October 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Unfortunately, there are enough dumb Repub voters out there to actually vote for this yahoo ... The GO/TPbaggers would be NOWHERE if every voter could think critically.

    October 10, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Bob Lees

    Teabag motto: Nobody is too dumb to run.

    October 10, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. GOTP losers are a cancer to the USA

    This idiot is just the kind of empty-headed, no-nothing loser Conservatives love.

    October 10, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. westward

    And the tea party just keeps on propagating ignorance. Too ignorance is a drug, of sorts, for too many Americans.

    October 10, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. westward

    And the tea party just keeps on propagating ignorance. Too bad ignorance is a drug, of sorts, for too many Americans.

    October 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Just what this country another idiot who doesn't understand government or business. Just replay all of his stupid comments. But then again, he's just what the GOP and Tea Baggers want. he only has to know one word, NO.

    October 10, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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