Joe The Plumber, Congressman?

Joe the Plumber, Congressman?

Ohio’s Joe the Plumber may challenge Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-9) in the 2012 election. You may remember him. His name isn’t really Joe, and he isn’t really a plumber, but he became famous in 2008 for asking presidential candidate Barack Obama questions about a tax bracket actually much higher than his own. Since then, Samuel Joseph “Joe” Wurzelbacher campaigned for failed presidential candidate John McCain and failed as both author and Internet foreign correspondent.

Joe’s book, like his biography and politics, is fiction. His political aspirations, however, are real — his greatest accomplishment to date is his recent election as one of only 400 Republican Party committee members in Ohio’s Lucas County (37,258 registered Republicans).

Mr. W. want to unseat Rep. Kaptur, who was indoctrinated by those Marxists at Little Flower Roman Catholic Church and St. Ursula Academy and associates with commie outfits like the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was raised in luxury and enjoyed all the privileges provided by her family’s grocery store and her mom’s job at the Champion Spark Plug Company. Congresswoman Kaptur has degrees from several diploma mills, the so-called “University of Wisconsin,” “University of Michigan,” and (ha!) “MIT.”

Representing the 9th District of Ohio in the U.S. Congress since 1963, she’s been on a bunch of committees, introduced lots of bills and stuff, and promoted that classic piece of Stalinist architecture, The National World War II Memorial. Rep. Kaptur even wrote a book but, unlike Joe, she didn’t even have enough imagination to make the story up. Is that the kind of representation Greater Toledo deserves?


“Does ‘Joe the Congressman’ sound better than ‘Joe the Plumber’?” Andrew Malcolm, Los Angeles Times

“Will ‘Joe the Plumber’ run for Congress?” Alex Pareene, Salon

“Did ‘Joe the Plumber’ Kill Pajamas Media?” NotionsCapital

“Freedom Isn’t Free! It Costs At Least $24.95,” Shyam K. Sriram,

“Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream,” (book review) Joseph Palermo, L.A. Progressive (Long. Hilarious.)

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