'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. WolfManJax

    He will fit right in with the rest of the repubes.......Fricken Jerk

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

    .This is the best the teabaggers can get?.......................Talk about falling off a cliff. This proves the notion that all teabaggers really want is SIMPLE answers to COMPLEX problems, and this guy is REALLY SIMPLE.

    October 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. kevin

    His story was fraudulent, cooked up by the McCain team. The old saying "fool me once , ect..." Guess Republicans and anyone who does not understand tax rates after deductions and business tax rates after expenses are big big fools (and some just big, big liars)

    October 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Real Patriot

    He's perfect for the Repugs-he lied about who he really was from the beginning-never had a plumbing license–doesn't stand for anything-and can say "no" with the best of them....

    How long before Paris Hilton jumps into the race?


    October 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. dx9x

    He's a child of destiny – let him run.... he reminds everyone that McCain was totally idiotic ran out of ideas and made an absolute mess of his campaign... Hail The Plumber...
    (If he wasn't so stupid he would want to run as an independent of as a democrat.... denouncing the tea party and republicans... that would get him good press....)

    October 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. kmkinnear

    If Sarah Palin can do it and make millions anyone can.

    October 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. The Lone Okie

    Will he have a 6-6-6 plan, I mean 9-9-9 plan like Cain, Perry and Romney. The Tee Party is American versîon of the Taliban.

    October 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Enough is Enough

    I would much rather vote to put a plumber in office than a community organizer.

    October 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. asdf

    Hey Joe nobody likes a person on minute 17 of their fifteen minutes of fame.

    October 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Lobo Joe

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.........

    October 10, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Joe gives folks that work up to their elbows in crap a bad name.

    October 10, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Dan:

    Good idea. Tell your friends like Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) to pay the $117,000 he owes in back child support to pay up, and tell Sean Duffy (R- Wisconsin) that, for most people, $175,000 per year is considered a good living wage and to stop crying poormouth.

    October 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. MrManhattan

    Send in the clowns,
    There have to be clowns,
    They're already here .......

    October 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. erich2112x

    As long as we don't have to look at your crack.

    October 10, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. WhyNot?

    He's a plumber, so he has more education than a normal Republican.

    He works, so he is better than a Tea Partier.

    I say, go for it!

    October 10, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. marcia

    Oh Please. What??? Flush him down the toilet...where he belongs. Guess it doesn't take skills or brains to be a representative!

    October 10, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Lando

    Just go an hybernate with Palin in Alaska.....moron

    October 10, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    He should take some of Mr. Cain's advice. If you ain't rich and you're unemployed, it's your own fault.

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

    No bald guy will ever be elected. Kucinich's hair is too good.

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

    Hahaha! Watching Joe the plumber interviews again. He has no idea what hes talking about. What a dummy.

    October 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. steve

    Wouldn't surprise me to see him get elected, look who the people voted for in 2010!

    October 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Mary

    I can’t believe how snobbish people are to look down their nose so harshly at the working class. Is it just because he is a plumber? How educated and knowledgeable does one have to be to create such a deficit in our country? I don’t really believe he can do a worst job than anyone in there now.
    Besides, it doesn’t really matter who you put in the government the people who really run this country are the corporations with the most money. They can commit all the crimes they want without the fear of suffering consequences.

    October 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Bill in Florida

    Well let's see: He lied to Senator Obama about his income bracket and his (fake) intentions to purchase the company he worked for. Then he made a fool of himself trying to make it in GOP media. Now he's back. Hopefully the voters of Ohio now realize this guy belongs under sinks and unplugging toilets, not in the US Congress.

    October 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. seriously???

    Forget congress, go for the presidency. You'd instantly be at least in 3rd with the republicans as desperate as they are.

    October 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Whoosh

    Oh BTW, Cain is an Idiot!

    October 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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