October 17th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Campaign to ‘plunge the crap out of Washington’

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(CNN) – He went from being an average plumber in small town Ohio to a talking point in a presidential debate. Now, a new group is asking “Joe the Plumber” to run for Congress.

With the slogan, “plunge the crap out of Washington,” Trevor Lair, chairman of the Massachusetts College Republicans, launched a website on Friday to try to get Joe Wurzelbacher to run for Congress. The Web site calls on visitors to sign a petition to show support for what Lair hopes will Wurzelbacher’s congressional bid.

"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,” Lair said.

Lair is aiming to get thousands of signatures to put Wurzelbacher on the ballot against Rep. Marcia Kaptur of Ohio, whom he called a “tax and spend liberal.” Lair praised Wurzelbacher for standing up to “big-government socialism” and said he would be the right candidate to fight for working class Americans.

Wurzelbacher received intense media attention after John McCain pointed to his encounter with Barack Obama in his home town of Holland, Ohio last weekend. His name was mentioned dozens of times during a presidential debate on Wednesday night.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Maggie VT

    Maggie, VT

    The first thing "Joe the Plummer" has to do is tell the truth!!! Was he a plant for the McCain campaign? Why would he call himself a plummer knowing full well he doesn't even have a license to be a plummer. And why is McCain so furiously pushing this guy? When you google Joe the Plummer's last name guess what? Robert, a son-in-law of Charles Keating!!!!

    October 17, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Ledia

    Has everyone lost their mind!? You want Joe to run for office? Palin really has inspired ANYONE to run for office even if they are dumber then her. Wow. I am speechless.

    October 17, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. jAYjAY

    YES GOP!!!!!! Please do this
    this is exactly what we democrats want to see. I will go to Ohio to sign this Palin like petition.

    October 17, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. RWG

    Joe the Plumber is exactly the reason we have to be very nervous about the folks that support the McCain/Palin ticket. Seems they all want more than they are willing to give and expect something for nothing. Joe the Plumber is actually Joe the Idiot!

    October 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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