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. ja

    he will fit right in, their is a lot of sewage on capital hill

    December 7, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Thomas

    He needs a job !

    Have wrench will travel !

    December 7, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. SeattleMM

    Joe, your 15 minutes are up. Go sit down.

    December 7, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Will

    He still doesn't realize that HIS 15 MINUTES OF FAME ARE UP!

    December 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    wasn't there another thread about the GOP becoming a circus? Well here comes yet another clown.

    December 7, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Durundal

    what is it about this particular election cycle that is attracting all the brainless i d i o t s who barely know anything beyond a highschool level of complexity, and treat ignorance is an asset, to run for office

    December 7, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. TheMendicantBias

    If he faces Kucinich, he will lose. Simple as that. Kucinich is extremely popular in his constituency.

    December 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. An Observation from North of the 49th

    We continue to watch in amazement as the United States appears to be imploding

    December 7, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. PaulC

    Well, he has the lying down pat so he will be a welcome addition to the Repugs in Congress.

    December 7, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Joe the Plumber is the poster child of what's wrong with the Tea Party's idea of new leadership.

    December 7, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. lisa

    Just another Circus Clown "Dreaming to be President" The only way this clown will see the White House is, "The sink and Toilets need adjustments". The "Comedy of GOP/Tea and their sideshows, Keep us all laughing,and taking Pepto,for the Stomach upset these people cause?

    December 7, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Sorensen

    He probably has the same IQ as Sarah Palin! Or Perry. Or Bachman.

    December 7, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    Actually, and I might get "ragged" for this, if you listen to him talk recently, he has his ducks in a row... He interviewed with Schultz on MSNBC a couple of months ago and I found him a "little" bit interesting.

    So DON'T all of you throw your bricks at me all at once – I have to be able to dodge them.

    Obama 2012

    December 7, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Wes B.

    I wouldn't trust this guy to sit the right direction on a toilet...much less try to fix it. What makes him think he can fix what is wrong with our country?

    December 7, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Anthony

    This clown should run in the Republican race. He fits right in.

    December 7, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    By the time Election Day 2012 gets here, his Tea Party could be extinct.

    Have you noticed all of the unpopular things associated with the Repubilcan Party always get put on a back burner? Where's Palin? What ever happened to the Tea Party? Where has Paul Ryan been since he announced his plan to dismantle Medicare?

    December 7, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    He is the ONE person that got Obama to let down his guard and tell the country who he truly was with his "share the wealth" comment. Too bad Americans weren't listening and understanding they were voting a socialist into the Whitehouse. But they are now aware of exactly what Obama is and they will get rid of the socialist next November.

    December 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Dieter Zerressen

    I have nothing against plumbers: real plumbers with license to practice his craft. This guy was a farce from the beginning. He has no license and he never made close to $250,000 a year to worry about an extra income tax. Another words he's a Republican liar.

    December 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Nmmiller

    Does anyone who posted on here actually know anything about this man. I guess since he's not of the "Tax and Spend" mantra then he must be an uneducated idiot.

    December 7, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Curt

    First John McCain brought us Sarah Palin and we still can't get rid of her. Then he brought us Joe the Plumber, Ever wonder what would have happened if he had actually become President?

    December 7, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Here's ANOTHER clown Gloria.

    December 7, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Arun

    If he's voted in, what company or group will he be the puppet for??

    December 7, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Mike, Albany

    "Samuel J. Wurzelbacher ... filed paperwork in Cleveland, Ohio to appear on the ballot in the GOP primary."

    Why am I not surprised about the GOP part?

    December 7, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Bill, NY

    Joe the plumber is just plumb crazy.

    December 7, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. johnmcfadden

    I am a plumber, my sons a plumber , my son-in-law is a plumber and we no doubt all have a larger bank account then you, plus we are never out of work ! But, unlike Joe, we have no desire to work in a cesspool.

    December 7, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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