"Joe the Plumber" announces run for Congress

Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:58pm EDT

Joe Wurzelbacher, also known as ''Joe the Plumber,'' stands onstage at a campaign rally with U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in Mentor, Ohio October 30, 2008.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Joe Wurzelbacher, also known as ''Joe the Plumber,'' stands onstage at a campaign rally with U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in Mentor, Ohio October 30, 2008.

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(Reuters) - Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man who as "Joe the Plumber" famously pressed then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on tax policy in 2008, said on Tuesday he was running for Congress.

Wurzelbacher said he would run as a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Ohio's 9th Congressional District, which includes the city of Toledo.

"If I'm coming off as angry, it's because I am," he said in the video of his official announcement posted on the website of FoxToledo.com.

"I just can't stand it when people do bad work. And we've been voting, the last 40 or 50 years, (for) bad people to do bad things to us. Why have we been doing it? Because we don't take our civic responsibility seriously enough," he said.

The district is currently represented by Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur, first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. Due to redistricting, she will face longtime Democratic lawmaker Dennis Kucinich in a primary.

In 2008, Wurzelbacher asked a few questions of Obama as the candidate campaigned door-to-door in an Ohio neighborhood, making him a focus of media reports.

The exchange was amplified in a debate shortly before the November 2008 election when Republican nominee John McCain cited Wurzelbacher as someone who would be hurt by Obama's tax plans and both candidates went on to refer to him more than two dozen times in the debate.

Wurzelbacher quickly became a political celebrity, particularly among Republicans who saw him as a working class everyman. But his reputation suffered when it was revealed the tradesman was not in fact a licensed plumber.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (7)
jefflz wrote:
With the rest of the GOP circus clowns, why not
Joe the Plumber. He fits right in. Bring back Donald Trump too, we miss him!!

Oct 25, 2011 11:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hereiam2005 wrote:
I can’t wait for his financial disclosure form to verify his claim during Obama presidential run in 2008.
We already have one liar, namely Herman Cain, who during the healthcare debate of President Clinton in 1994, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptrTa8C_Pl4 . His question was deliberately confusing, but his main point is his company cannot afford 1.5% for healthcare. Unfortunately, in Universal Power Systems, Inc., Appellee, v. Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., Appellant http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/818/667/96606/ Godfather’s Pizza itself said its profit margin is 9.97%. Under cross examination and scrutiny, however, the court contended the profit margin to be 31.4%. In this advert http://www.franchisegenius.com/Godfathers-Pizza-Franchise/ Godfather’s Pizza said to enjoy a profit margin of 70%. In ANY of those cases, it is not even CLOSE to the cost he said his business cannot absorb.
Now I would love to put Joe under the same kind of scrutiny.

Oct 25, 2011 12:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:
How much farther can the GOP sink… It is time for a legitimate third party. Or second party for that matter.

Oct 26, 2011 5:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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