'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. Voice of Reason

    Is THIS what the GOP is offering up on a platter these days? Really? Does this guy even have better than a high school education? Some 'folksy' advice will say maybe that's a good thing... but i dont think anyone in Ohio's 9th district is going to sleep easier at night knowing that the guy they elected to Congress, cant properly reand and understand the language of legislation (let alone write it!).

    WHY has the GOP taken this anti-education, anti-expert, anti-science, anti-reason view of the world? Why do they continue to glorify stupidity and ignorance??

    October 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Kent

    Are we really, as a preeminent nation and a free society, so ignorant and base to consider this mindless hack?

    Americans – pay attention to reality, not soundbites. Look around. Read a newspaper. Do some thinking. Then VOTE

    October 10, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hopefully Joe will get enough campaign money from Rove and the Kochs to pay his taxes.

    October 10, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Happy Birthday FOX NEWS!! 15 years of fair and balanced reporting, #1 in cable news!

    Tax cheats all over the Democrat Party and WHitehouse. Most in history!

    October 10, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. whatever next?

    The Republican party has become a very expensive joke.

    October 10, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Bert

    the Republicans just keep them rolling out like a bad penny!!

    October 10, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. John

    All you have to do is dish out some hate and throw a few rocks and the GOP will dance at your feet.

    October 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Bert

    whose gonna play him on SNL ???

    October 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Run him as the Republican presidential canditate ~ he is much more qualified than the rest of the field.
    He has held a real job.
    @RealityKing ~ I read every post and the only person to use the word "hate" is you !

    October 10, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Frank

    Just another Republican climbing out if their party's Clown Car. Only a fool could take this nonsense seriously.

    October 10, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Shawn in MD

    Did this guy ever pay his back taxes??? or did he ever get his plumbing license? Concerned citizens want to know!

    October 10, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. w. Kendig

    What? Paris Hilton running for congress! What ... Joe the plumber ... oh. I thought this was newsworthy.

    October 10, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Larry L

    I'm certain he will find a way to milk the Republican publicity system – maybe he'll be a Fox News commentator. The Republican Circus Train keeps adding acts to the freak show...

    October 10, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. jack

    A male Sarah Palin. Nothing more, could be less.

    October 10, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. benny

    What a joke!

    October 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Irrma in North Carolina

    Sounds to me he is a tea party person. What did this guy have acrush on Palin. They sound like they are related.

    October 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. David

    He isn't qualified to be a plumber. However, as far as having the capacity of being a GOP rep...he may be overqualified.

    October 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. ED FL

    Just what the GOP house members need someone to check out their plumbing.Cantor should be the first one to get check this sissy looking screwball from Virginia doesn't appear to know what he is.Check to see what facility he goes to.

    October 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. livingston

    Someone tell this fool his 15 minutes of fame were over along time ago. Now he's just pitiful.

    October 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. seebofubar

    I have an Idea you 3rd grade educated liberals, get a job so I can stop paying your way and you won't spend afternoons defiling the internet. Reading this garbage on this BLOG is enough to make a grown man sick, how can Americans be so vile.

    October 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. RayJacksonMS

    He's the perfect republican candidate. He's a tax dodger.

    October 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Mark

    Sigh, not this guy again. So now Samuel The Tax-Dodging Unlicensed Plumber wants to run for the House. Beats workin' eh "Joe"? Whatever happened to that "plumbing business" you were going to start? Guess that fell through, eh "Joe"? More Teabag garbage.

    October 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. gotacomment

    The Real Tom Paine, Bob the Builder flat out said he knew he wasn't qualified to be mayor of his town. He's got more integrity and more sense than this tax-dodging loser–and hes not even real. Just shows how far we've fallen.

    October 10, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This guy is not very bright and is going to run on a party ticket with a bunch of dishonest sharks. These modern day republicans would cheat their grandmother out of her last dime for political gain. Joe the plumber will be eaten alive by his own party, then thrown under the bus (if there's anything left of him).

    October 10, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. boston

    If this is the best the GOP can do – a fake plumber, tax evader, and clueless idiot, them let them!

    October 10, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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