'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. portland tony

    Guy should fit right in with the rest of the airhead know nothings!

    October 10, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. California Gal

    Perhaps Sponge Bob Square Pants should run for office too!

    October 10, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. NJ Mom

    My dog is his running mate....that's a joke of course, just like this guy. He isn't even a plumber.

    October 10, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Hey! Let's hear it for the fake plumber with the fake business!!!

    October 10, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. R

    Joe who?

    October 10, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. K3Citizen

    His name will now be Joe the Retard.

    October 10, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    The dumbing down of America continues!

    October 10, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Justin

    Get his name right, it is "Joe the non business owner, unlicensed plumber GOP shill".

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

    Flush this idiot down the drain with another plumber – liquid plumber.

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

    Well why not? if you can have such as Palin, Bachmann, etc. running for office why not a fake plumber with an IQ below 75

    October 10, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. roscoe

    Congress is hopelessly broken and Joe the Plumber rides in to save the day? Congress is broken because of people like Joe the Plumber.

    October 10, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    One thing is for certain. if we don't turn Democrats out, and send them home, especially in the Senate, we will have a disastrous Congress, as well as a disastrous economy.

    October 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. demogal

    Noooooooooo! Go Away!

    October 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Rinos for Winos

    Joe the plumbers helper.

    October 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. cf

    As someone once pointed out, his name is not Joe and he wasn't licensed as a plumber. So he managed to fit two lies into three words. That's quite a skill even by Teaparty standards.

    October 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. sf

    Show us YOUR birth certificate mr. "Wurzelbacher"....this is a complete frekkin joke!

    October 10, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Chach

    The lunatics are taking over the asylum.

    October 10, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. TM

    Has he submitted his original "long form" Birth Certificate?

    October 10, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. sf

    "Rick McDaniel

    One thing is for certain. if we don't turn Democrats out, and send them home, especially in the Senate, we will have a disastrous Congress, as well as a disastrous economy."
    -----------------------------------------------
    americans like Rick McDaniel are what holds this country back...we've tried conversatism, we've tried centralism..we have not tried a full on liberal agenda/congress...and we've seen what "conservatism" has done to our country...so to say dems are the problem, tha'ts a complete joke!

    October 10, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Cedar Rapids

    Joe the plumber...
    .......not intended to be a factual statement.

    October 10, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. John

    Great! Another member of the Republican brain trust enters politics. The heck with running for Congress – as a plumber's helper, I think he is more than qualified to join the other Republican presidential nominees.

    October 10, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. logic in LA

    Sadly, the man may actually win because the Republican voter has no clue what makes a proper candidate. Doubt me? Look at congress under their leadership. than look at the various actors that have been voted in under their banner.

    October 10, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. cf

    Oh good. Joe The Welfare Collector is here to tell us how those "evil, lazy liberals" shouldn't be allowed to collect welfare, but it's okay if people like himself do.

    October 10, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Ace

    Why are people so surprised? These idiots run because they're are other morons who will support their baseless stupidity. This type of behavior politically is called "mindless behavior." A great example of their thought process was witnessed last week when Herman "Back to the Plantation" Cain stated that he did not have the figures to support his baseless beliefs, now let's all pause. Why would anyone hope their baseless beliefs about something that is concrete influence the reality of things? You are being delusional when you do things like that and should be committed to a mental hospital. It defies simple logic! Then again he's running on the Re-pube-can ticket and much like the actions of a teenager skipping school, their ideas and notions make absolutely no sense!

    October 10, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. sammy

    Wow, he's still an idiot!!!

    October 10, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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