'Joe the Plumber' to be Rep. Plumber?
October 10th, 2011
03:06 PM ET
11 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. DarrellS

    What else would I expect from the Tea Party?

    Every candidate they run is dumber than a box of rocks.

    Okay, I'm sorry. Some of them ARE intelligent. They just have no common sense, and are all-around deplorable excuses for human beings. Anyone who would want to dismantle social security and medicare for those people who worked all their lives for the benefit is quite simply inhumane, to say the least! Never mind they support Government subsidies of Mega Corporations, tax cuts for Corporations and the wealthy, and blame everyone but themselves for the downfall of the US!

    October 10, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Brenda

    What a joke. He must be kidding.

    October 10, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Aaron

    Everyone should remember this one. He touted himself as a small businessmen, turned out he made like $1 million per year. He was the Repub's fictious attempt to connect with small businesses and the average American. It appears that the big ole liar if ready to repackage his lies for political office now.

    October 10, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Jeff the Wisenheimer

    Sure... why not?! ... and while you're at it, let's make Larry the Cable Guy a Senator. The whole political process is eroding before our very eyes. Let them play their games on "Capital Hill" but don't insult my intelligence into thinking I'm ever going to take these guys/gals seriously.

    October 10, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. thomas

    Say it aint so Joe !

    October 10, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Foxfan

    Joe owed taxes is far better than some those who are on the welfare and food stamps.

    October 10, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Sean Webb

    The man was never a licensed plumber. This isn't about a man pulling himself up by his own boot straps. He just wanted an easy route to making $200,000 a year or more. Without improving his education or jobs skills he couldn't seriously earn the kind of income that would have subjected him to the tax that he was complaining about. He's just an opportunist. What he couldn't achieve through hard work he is attempting to claim through notoriety.

    October 10, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Jay

    If this wasn't so pathetic it would be funny but it is actually a sad sad chapter in American History. He wasn't a plumber – he wasn't a small business owner – he is just a joke. If he was running for my Rep & won – I'd be forced to move. Maybe Palin can endorse him – yeah that will work!

    October 10, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. unretired05

    I thought all the Republican Plumbers were disbanded when Nixon resigned. this one must be Plumber version 2.012.

    October 10, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is does this guy really offer the people of Ohio something really of value. He failed to pay his taxes; because of that, do you really want that kind of person to represent you in Congress? I would hope note. How can you expect someone who hasn't followed the rules to do a better job when elected to Congress where they need to worry about more rules while running and after being elected.

    October 10, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. smum

    And the trash keeps piling in the republican/teaparty circus. Thank you McCain for bringing us more garbage that we can handle...the entire Palin family zoo (no harm intended to the animals) and now Joe the Plummer, again. What in the world has happened to the GOP?

    October 11, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  12. Real American

    Let's do this Joe!!! I will vote for you.

    October 11, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  13. Dennis1020

    When God called for "Brains", Joe the Plumber thought S/He said "Rain" and ran for cover. Have the Republicans no shame or pride? Sheesh!

    October 11, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  14. Sgt.Joe

    Ok, it's for real. The dumbing down of America is alive and well in the GOP circus.

    October 11, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  15. sdgman

    God... the GOP gets what they ask for. This guy as as qualified as my 5yo son to be a senator.... and about the same IQ.

    October 11, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  16. AndyF

    It's amazing how many unintelligent, overtly dishonest (for the ten thousandth time, HE IS NOT A PLUMBER, lying POS) conservatives step out from under the rock to run for Congress. Very parallel to the Nazi emergence in Germany. If Americans would actually consider intelligence, instead enough yahoos out there to back a I-am-one-of-you-scared-white-person-who-wants-to-take-the-country-back-from-non-whites. Not only are conservatives engaged in a decades long class war, they are still fighting covertly a race war that they more they try to fight, the greater the tragedy when they turn to violence, which is coming.

    October 11, 2011 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  17. Dan isintown

    Joe should run! We need a plumber to find out how many teabaggers can fit down a drain pipe when they get flushed from Washington!! Maybe some clown will come up to him and ask "Are you the guy that is going to cut off Grandma's social security?"... The tea party line should be "Simple answers for simple people". Check in the mail to pay your taxes Joe?

    October 11, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  18. Neo

    should run! We need a plumber to find out how many teabaggers can fit down a drain pipe when they get flushed from Washington!! Maybe some clown will come up to him and ask "Are you the guy that is going to cut off Grandma's social security?"... The tea party line should be "Simple answers for simple people". Check in the mail to pay your taxes Joe?

    October 11, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  19. Gene Cole

    Wow. Interesting reading the comments. Here is a working class guy who, on his own decided to run for Congress. Maybe he'll get the nod, maybe not, and maybe he'll be the best guy for the job, maybe not. But the vitriol from the leftists put paid to the thesis that they support or admire working men and women.

    The leftist/Democrats have deteriorated to a group of elitist thugs who want nothing more than power in order to distribute money taken from the taxpayers by force. Or, maybe they were always like that, and the mask has come off.

    October 11, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  20. boscobear

    Like Palin he is making a living out of his publicity. Now that election time draws nearer, expect to see a lot more of him. Basically he is a moron and the more stupid comments he make, the more publicity he receives and the more $$ he makes. Also, can anyone state hiw many books he sold and how much $$ did he make from that ghost writing experience?

    October 11, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Jay

    Sounds like a great plan! Don't work, don't pay taxes, and run for public office as a Repub and if get elected, let taxpayers pay you! And then go around complaining that it is the legitimate public sector worker who is on the 'tax payer dole', and work to take away their rights and benefits! You go Joe!

    October 11, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
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