Who can forget Joe the Plumber? He was the iconic “regular guy” who confronted then candidate Barack Obama during a campaign visit. Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher resented a proposed tax on people that make over $250k because, well, he was a business man. He supposedly wanted to buy a successful plumbing company. The McCain/Palin Presidential campaign was quick to trot him out as a spokesman.
However, the truth behind Joe the Plumber was that he was a fraud. His name is Samuel, not Joe. He isn’t a licensed plumber. As of 2008, he didn’t pay income tax. He wasn’t even from his “home” state of Ohio.
Despite the serious scratches to Not-Joe the Not-Plumber’s veneer, he didn’t go away. He wrote a book. He traveled to Israel as a war correspondent. He became a motivational speaker and a spokesman.
Now, Not-Joe the Not-Plumber wants to become Not-Joe the Congressman. Last week, he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for a run as a Republican Congressional candidate in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District.
The 9th District is now famous for a recent redistricting which will force Democrat Dennis Kucinich into a primary race against Democrat Mary Kaptur, who has represented the district since 1983.