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Joe The Plumber

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Joe The Plumber, One district in northern Ohio made its fair share of news on Super Tuesday. “Joe the Plumber” won the Republican primary in the 9th congressional district, setting up a general election showdown against Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the veteran lawmaker who pulled out a win over Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Samuel Wurzelbacher, who became known as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 presidential campaign, launched his first foray into professional politics in a newly redesigned district void of any Republican incumbent. The new northeastern Ohio district, which now spans from Cleveland to Toledo, is heavily Democratic and poses a challenge for the vocal and outspoken figure of the right.

Wurzelbacher ascended into the limelight in 2008 after he was videotaped asking then-candidate Barack Obama a question about potential taxes imposed on him for opening a small plumbing business. Then-Senator Obama’s response included a statement he wanted to “spread the wealth,” which became a lightning rod for the right, and Republican candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin began calling Wurzelbacher “Joe the Plumber” as a symbol of Republican opposition to Obama’s economic policies.

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