'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. Steve

    He's perfect for the GOP. Another dimly lit bulb!

    October 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. texan

    Proof positive--anyone can run. He`ll fit right in with the "gaggle" of Republican wanta-bees

    October 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. kayla

    america have gone to the dogs

    October 10, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Aduzi

    Joe the Plumber for President, Tom the carpenter for Vice President and Larry the electrician for Secretary of State. What the heck let's put these construction workers back to work.

    October 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Still Seceding from Texas

    @Tom Paine: "I forget which country artist said he was pretty good"
    It was probably Hank Williams, Jr.

    October 10, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. mfx3

    Something he and his hero (Palin) have in common...working harder to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame than they've ever worked before. And neither of them is qualified for the office they've discussed running for.

    October 10, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Who's idea was this ? Fire the Idiot who thought of this come back.

    October 10, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. John

    He is uneductaed and completely unqualified. He couldn't run a small pumbing business or pay his 1500.00 and change in back taxes. By all means, send this man to D.C. !

    October 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. John

    He wrote a book?...lol....I think not.

    October 10, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. thomas

    Why dose this country want to move ?

    October 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Aduzi: How about Bob the Builder?

    October 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Starstuff

    The perfect GOP candidate... a plumber and don't forget that the GOP is well known to produce 'high quality' candidates. Who can forget the infamous roach killer Tom Delay.

    October 10, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. John

    lol..look at him with that Sarah Palin deere in the headlights look on his face while wearing a Wal-Mart shirt made in India.

    October 10, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Uthor

    If this guy even gets two votes (his own and some other halfwit's) it's a good measure of the state of the nation.

    October 10, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Chipster

    I hope that by now, Joe the Plumber, is more aware of whose interest the Republican Party serves – – – and it ain't plumbers! They have such disdain for the working man, for teachers and firefighters, for police officers and grocery store clerks, for the people they expect to pay for the huge tax cuts for the wealthy while dismantling the Social Security program that those workers paid into for decades! As for our soldiers, putting their lives on the line, Republicans only use them for props but offer nothing but program cuts to their medical needs! And then they disrespect them just because they're gay? President Obama addressed they're needs for PSTD treatment and for job training. Joe, if you really want to run for office, ask yourself whose interest of being served.

    October 10, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Joe's Uncle

    I said it all the along: the boy's contracted Palinitis. He's been talking funny, watching everything Sarah Palin s'been doing. and he goes on and on how smart that woman is ever since she didn't get elected, the clothes she's wearing, the places she's going to, he is beside himself. and now he's trying something real silly, gosh, he was never really fully loaded upstairs, but this takes the cake.

    October 10, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Dan


    Pay your taxes before you run, jerkface
    Good idea, now pass your message onto tax cheats like Tim Geithner (United States Secretary of the Treasury appointed by Obama) and Charlie Rangle (House Ways and Means Committee).

    October 10, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. non sequitur

    Joe the Doofus

    October 10, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Bob

    This guy has more hair than brain cells.

    October 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. billy

    Maybe him and Sarah will hook up again ,she took a liking to him last time 😉

    October 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. REG in AZ

    Why not? It is evident that anyone can run as a Republican, all they need to do is play to emotions and con the people – creditability really isn't a requirement, ability to excite is.

    October 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Mike

    LOL John learn how to spell

    October 10, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Tom

    Dregs will eventually rise to the top of anything......yuk!

    October 10, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. meaz23

    Did somebody flush out a septic system and joe the plumber came out?

    October 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    So much hate here...

    October 10, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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