Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who is now widely known as “Joe the Plumber” has decided to contest for public office as a Republican in Ohio's 9th U.S. House district. He has submitted his statement of candidacy in the Federal Elections Commission a few days ago. The district for which he is running has been redrawn this year and now covers the area from Toledo to Cleveland.
Joseph is going to compete against Marcy Kaptur or Dennis Kucinich. Kaptur and Kucinich are in competition for nomination as Democrats as their seats are combined as a result of the redefining of districts that has taken place. Wurzelbacher is motivated and ready to jump into the political arena. The competition is tough as both Kaptur as well as Kucinich are experienced members of Congress and also possess the membership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Wurzelbacher lacks political experience and therefore has few chances of success.
Joseph gained popularity in 2008 when he inquired about Barack Obama’s tax policy during his presidential election’s campaign. Joseph asked Obama if his tax policy would adversely affect Joseph’s plumbing business that he plans to buy in near future. Obama explained that he wanted to disperse the wealth and his tax policies might hurt his business in particular, but would have a positive impact in general. This statement was picked up by Obama’s opponent John McCain and used against him by its interpretation as “hurting the middle class”.
Wurzelbacher came in the spot light after his question from Obama. He was then investigated for his qualifications and found out to have no plumbing license. Also he was accused to owe income taxes to the Ohio state that were unpaid. After this strict inspection, Wurzelbacher got offended by McCain and held him responsible for the situation. McCain “screwed my life up” Joseph complained.
Wurzelbacher has also written a book titled “Joe the plumber: fighting for the American dream”. The co-author is Thomas Tabback and it is published by PearlGate Publishing in Austin, Texas. He has expressed his thoughts regarding the American values in the book. He did not favor John McCain as a presidential candidate and criticized his policies. Joseph also emerged as a motivational speaker and a commentator at various gatherings in the recent years.
According to his consultant Schroeder, Wurzelbacher is considering his decision as an experiment and will decide by October 25 whether to go for the contest or not.