'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. Rinos for Winos

    He knows his way around a toilet. Should feel right at home with GOP.

    October 10, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. ART

    Great news,just what the rethuglicans need some one who can take care of all the clogging that they so thrive on

    October 10, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. CBR

    Joe the Plumber was not exactly truthful about his background. Before he runs he should come clean about his background. Hopefully the voters in Ohio will insist on that. So many people are hurting in Ohio and they need the best representation possible. I am not sure that Joe the plumber is the person for the job.

    October 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. beevee

    Looks like he is trained by the master of the money making gimmicks Ms. Palin. Seems like he wants to make some quick money too. idiot.

    October 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. john/omaha

    you people should take another drink of lefti koolaid and cool off. this looks like a third grade blog room.

    October 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Mr. Butters

    Why? The whole point of Joe the Plumber was that he apparently stood for the average citizen. Now, everytime he makes an apperance or is mentioned he is pulled more away from what he was supposed to represent. He is not Joe the Plumber anymore.

    October 10, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. RG in NJ

    Joe, you don't make enough to be a Republican. It will be funto see them laugh you out of the race.

    October 10, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. 2cents4free

    Bob

    "This guy has more hair than brain cells."

    LMAO!!!

    October 10, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    @Still Seceding from Texas

    @Tom Paine: "I forget which country artist said he was pretty good"
    *******************
    It was probably Hank Williams, Jr.
    ******************
    No, I think it was someone who was actually sober, and probably feeling like putting in a kind word for an otherwise aimless hack.

    October 10, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. mike

    Well here we go again. Another wannabe politician. The guy can barley zip up his pants without having an accident now he thinks he is a politician? I know a group of geese is called a gaggle but what do you call a high flying group of idiots, sorry Republicans but they all are quite a bunch this time.

    October 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. John

    Tom...it's a typo. I think that's obvious. Suggesting that I don't know how to spell "plumbing" says more about you that it does me.

    October 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. John

    Mike...it's a typo. I think that's obvious. Suggesting that I don't know how to spell "plumbing" says more about you that it does me

    October 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Vortex

    Every American has the right to run. Your vote, or lack of it, speaks louder than your posted comment.

    October 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. John

    Mike... the proper sentence structure would be.." Learn how to spell, John."

    October 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. acura2010

    Now the plumber wants access to free healthcare and a giovernment paycheck.

    October 10, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Plug1

    Give us a break JOE, the CLOWN!!!

    October 10, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Anomic Office Drone

    Someone teach this pony a new trick. How about reading?

    October 10, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. John

    This Is why nothing can get done now In Congress, because the Tea party back people that has no business being In Politics. And they know nothing about It.If the American people keep voting these IDIOT Into office America will be In the DUMP.

    October 10, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Thank god....between him and "Herb" Cain, i'm starting to feel better about Dems chances in 2012. Where's Christine O'Donnell – we need the hat trick.

    October 10, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Adam

    I live in this district. He has no chance.

    By the way, did his taxes go up? NOPE. Just like Obama said they wouldn't because he doesn't make more than $250,000 a year. Why has this aspect of the story been forgotten?

    October 10, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. mack

    Joe is not really a plumber, he just claimed to be. He should make a good Republican Rep, he has looking right at a TV camera and telling a lie down pat.

    October 10, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    President Perry could appoint Joe not a plumber to chairman of the National Science Foundation ! That would show them dern Quarks a thang or too !
    Signed,
    Ignorant and proud of it...you know, a Texan

    October 10, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. ja

    he need to stay in the sewage business, it is a good fit

    October 10, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Colorodan

    Say it ain't so Joe, say it ain't so! Well, what the hell. Should be good entertainment.

    October 10, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    One amazingly funny thing about Conservatives is that they have this revolving door of complete idiots that represent their party...

    ...one idiot comes out says his/her crap, and continues to go thru that revolving door, disappearing for a while and then popping right back up...

    ... occasionally, one of the idiots manages to get away from the revolving door for a while and sticks around for a little, but soon they are put back in the revolving door...

    ...so we are stuck with Bachman, Palin, Newt, Romney, Joe the Plummer, Cain, Ron Paul....

    ...and don't forget Dick Armey, Norquist, and the Hammer himself Tom Delay are due to pop up again....

    October 10, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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