One more Congressional step for 'Joe the Plumber'
December 7th, 2011
02:05 PM ET
10 years ago

One more Congressional step for 'Joe the Plumber'

(CNN) – "Joe the Plumber" took another step Wednesday in his Congressional bid.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, who gained notoriety during the 2008 presidential election after challenging then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on his small business tax plan, filed paperwork in Cleveland, Ohio to appear on the ballot in the GOP primary.

Wurzelbacher launched his bid for Ohio's 9th district in October and has since gathered the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.

"I have really enjoyed going door to door and meeting with voters," Wurzelbacher said in a statement. "The response has been great from both Democrats and Republicans."

The plumber-turned-celebrity capitalized on his political fame after the 2008 election by writing a book and making media appearances. If he wins the Republican primary, Wurzelbacher will face incumbent Democratic Representatives Marcy Kaptur or Dennis Kucinich.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe the plumber • Ohio
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. TheCommish

    This guy will fit right in with the GOP Travelling Circus as it careens around the country. So will Joe choose to be the happy clown or the sad clown?

    December 7, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Gary in Tampa

    This lowlife didn't pay child support for several years and owed back taxes also.

    December 7, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. kenny

    Joe The Plumber for Congress? Well somebody has got to go up there to make Congress look smarter. Oh that's not Joe's job? Well maybe he can clear the clog in Congress? Oh that requires a Licensed Plumber? Well what is Joe? Oh he is "Joe the Smo".

    December 7, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. ..a laurel and hardy handshake..

    Now Joe, remember the advice from YOUR MENTOR, SARAH DARLIN' :

    December 7, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. jerseylou

    Some one needs to check out those signatures to see if there forge.This guy has a habit of being a lying stupid rat.

    December 7, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Keyser Soze

    Hooray for Sammie the tax dodger. GOP has a seemingly unending supply of clowns.

    December 7, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. JustAO

    What happened to the Republican party? The anti-intellectual party where ignorance and bigotry are virtues. The party where facts are consider conspiracy theories and bumper stickers are considered quality legislation.

    December 7, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. nell

    Since Obama was elected, dumbness has prevailed. CNN can you not say something, anything good about this President? I just heard Candy Crowley dip and duck every question that would not be flattering to Newt, but a honest response would have been nice. The same goes for John King.... Obama did this or that but....... always a but... Newt is as corrupt as you can get, even Fox is not as bad as you CNN!

    December 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Noodle Nose Johnson

    He should run for President. He's just as Presidential as any of the other GOP candidates, which is to say not at all.

    December 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Mark

    Sheesh the least he could do is have the decency to dress a bit better; This guy is a walking train wreck.

    December 7, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. kayla

    how much lower can the gop go?

    December 7, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. NC

    The dumbing down of our country began in 2008 with McCain/Palin and it has not stopped.

    December 7, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't mind him running as long as his tax bill is paid in full. I don't like those that haven't paid what they due calling the shots.

    December 7, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Joey

    American politics has truly gone down the toilet now.

    December 7, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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