'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. sheppard

    @john/omaha: you people should take another drink of lefti koolaid and cool off. this looks like a third grade blog room.

    Gotta say, you are the only one with grape stain on your upper lip......

    October 10, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. AnitFringe

    Vote him in 9th district. He's the new kind of republican. What a farce.

    October 10, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. DJC

    Couldn't dio any worse than the group that is in there now! Including the pres.

    October 10, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Will he bring his gun to his rallies? He is a bagger isn't he?

    October 10, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. CAL USA

    He's about as qualified as Christine O'Donnell, but she was much easier on the eyes...

    October 10, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Hey – if Cain can get a PAC to pay for his book-selling adventures, why can't this idiot get his taxes paid for by the same idiots?

    October 10, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Kdiggity

    Great. Joe the Dumber.

    October 10, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. gerr

    I would like an answer. If the Koch brothers is Kansas can finance GOP Tparty politicians in Wisconsin why can't I vote for Ohio politicians in fairness?

    October 10, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Tom

    Once someone gets that 15 minutes of fame, it seems awfully hard for them to give it up. We can only hope that the average Ohioan has more sense that to feed in to this clown's attempt at regaining another 15 minutes.

    October 10, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. ned

    Nice! So the unlicensed, unbonded, uninsured, unqualified poster boy for re-regulation is back. Fail.

    October 10, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. LouieD

    Good for him! There's no better way to learn that the policies you support are unworkable nonsense than putting yourself in a position for them to blow up in your face! Keep that plunger handy, Joe!

    October 10, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Bob

    Typical hate responces from liberals.... As always.

    October 10, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Mindie from Indie

    who would donate money to this clown? But apparently this is the face of the Republicans – stupid.

    October 10, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Observer

    It's not likely he's spent his time getting an education or learning math.

    October 10, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. witchiepoo

    Regarding his statement to Barack Obama about intending to buy the plumbing firm that employed him, Wurzelbacher later said that the idea of buying the company was discussed during his job interview six years prior.[6] According to MSNBC and Fox News, court records show that Wurzelbacher made $40,000 in 2006.[16] Dun & Bradstreet's report estimated that A. W. Newell Corporation, the full corporate name, had $510,000 in annual sales and eight employees.[43] As part of the background on McCain's use of "Joe the Plumber," several media outlets researched his professional plumbing credentials. One Toledo Blade article stated, "Mr. Wurzelbacher said he works under Al Newell’s license, but according to Ohio building regulations, he must maintain his own license to do plumbing work. He is also not registered to operate as a plumber in Ohio, which means he’s not a plumber." "Mr. Joseph [business manager of the local union] said Mr. Wurzelbacher could only legally work in the townships, but not in any municipality in Lucas County or elsewhere in the country."[44] Wurzelbacher has since stated that he is no longer employed at Newell.

    October 10, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. TPF

    This guy is something else. He doesn't even know what he does for a living. He lied about his employment, lied about his taxes. Not too bright. He should stay home and not embarrass himself nationally again.

    October 10, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Glad to see another clown from 2008 trying to get in on the fun of the how many bozos can fit in a VW.
    Wasn't this guy unlicensed and untrained and unanything back then?

    October 10, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Tony 140

    Good for you Joe. The less Harvard lawyers we have in Washington the better. Plus you were the one that exposed the real BHO for what he is – a RE-DISTRIBUTION Socialist. This country thanks you for that – if only we had listened 3 years ago. I am pretty sure that the DC elitists that are dumping on you would have a tough time turning a wrench.

    October 10, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. bill

    joe you were unlicensed, unbonded, uninsured, unqualified.you should fit right in.

    October 10, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Pat

    Oh, I thought he'd said he wasn't a Republican. Well, OK for him as long as he pays his back child support and taxes.

    October 10, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Mindie from Indie

    Show us your Birth Certificate with your real name, show us your paid taxes and show us your Plumbing License!!!

    October 10, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Dale

    And we were wondering who was going to take Palin's spot as the new right wing lunatic.

    October 10, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    In civics class they told me that "anyone can get elected to congress" I am starting to believe iit. If he has the support of his corner of the nation I say go for it. If his district would elect him they would not have sent anyone good anyway. There are just some districts like that. The founding fathers new this well.that is why there are so many distticts.

    October 10, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. parkcitybrian

    jeezus...just when i thought the wacko political picture couldnt get any wackier...well it just did with this clown.

    October 10, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Ralph Gizzip

    "When your system is clogged with crap you need a plumber."
    "Vote for Joe "The Plumber"Wurzelbacher and flush the crap out of Washington."

    Has Joe paid his taxes? I don't know. Has Timothy Geitner paid his? How about Charlie Rangel?

    October 10, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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