Joe The Plumber Congress
October 26, 2011 by staff
Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher was thrust into the political spotlight after questioning Barack Obama about his economic policies during the 2008 presidential campaign. He officially launched his campaign for Congress in Ohio on Tuesday night.
Wurzelbacher said he is running as a Republican in the ninth district of Ohio USA House, a seat now held by Marcy Kaptur, Democrat oldest woman in the House. Is expected to face a primary challenge Rep. Dennis Kucinich after drawing the map of Congress from Ohio, with her two districts in which it appears strongly inclined toward the Democrats.
Wurzelbacher has become an icon to many conservatives, anti-system and has traveled the country speaking at rallies and meetings of the Tea Party conservative since becoming a household name.
“Americans deserve all kinds of people who represent them,” he said. “It’s not just an elite ruling class.”
He said the search of the office because he has seen too many people forced to flee their homes and leave Ohio because of the bad economic situation.
“All I’m asking for is a fair deal,” he said.
Wurzelbacher insisted he is not trying to capitalize on his fame. “I’ve been ‘Joe the Plumber” for three years, “Wurzelbacher said.” I have made millions of dollars out of it. ”
Republicans, who hired him to run in what is a working class neighborhood that runs from Toledo to Cleveland that his fame will help you bring enough money to mount a serious challenge. A website was created to raise funds in the last week.
Cuyahoga County Republican Chairman Rob Frost, who had announced he will seek the GOP nomination, withdrew last week, clearing the way for Wurzelbacher.
“People have said that this is a guy who had his 15 minutes of fame and made him a half hour,” said Republican Party Chairman Jon Lucas County Stainbrook. “But you have a guy who is there and people related to it.”
He’s going to attract people who are tired of politics as usual, Stainbrook said. “He took advantage of this feeling that things in Washington are the leg,” said Stainbrook.
Politicians, Wurzelbacher said, too often try to patch up the problems instead of solving them. “I’m not the type of plumber you use duct tape” he said.
Wurzelbacher, 37, went from working as a plumber outside Toledo for three years at a media sensation in a matter of days, after questioning Obama about his tax policies and being repeatedly cited by Sen. John McCain in the presidential debate.
He campaigned with McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, but later criticized McCain and said he did not want him as a presidential candidate of the Republican Party.
Since then he has written a book and has worked with veterans’ organization that offers outdoor programs for wounded soldiers.
He has also been building houses and working as a plumber.
Wurzelbacher has shown a contempt for politicians – both Democrats and Republicans.
“Being a politician is as good as a weatherman,” Wurzelbacher said in a Tea Party rally last year in Nevada. “You do not have to be right, you have to do your job well, but you still have a job.”
He said Tuesday he decided to enter politics as a Republican because he thought he had no chance of winning as an independent candidate.
“Is the lesser of two evils?” said. “I do not know.”
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