Joe The Plumber Running For Congress
Samuel Wurzhelbacher is running for Congress:
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” has taken steps toward launching a bid for a House seat in Ohio.
Wurzelbacher filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, indicating he would run as a Republican from the state’s 9th district.
“Joe the Plumber” emerged on the national stage during the 2008 presidential campaign when he pressed then-Sen. Barack Obama over his plan for small business growth. The then-Republican presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin quickly capitalized on the exchange. Wurzelbacher, who it was later revealed was not a licensed plumber, appeared at campaign events with the GOP nominees.
The district that Wurzhelbacher is running in is safely Democratic, so this really is rather pointless. Nonetheless, I’m sure we can count on Joe the Plumber to say something sufficiently stupid to keep us entertained.
Update: Dave Weigel takes note of just how Democratic this district is:
In 2008 the district went for Barack Obama by 36 points, but in 2010, Rep. Marcy Kaptur only held off Republican candidate Rich Iott by 18 points. This was after weeks of Joshua Green scoops about how Iott liked to wear Nazi duds. In 2012, thanks to a Republican gerrymander, the district is even more Democratic-leaning. According to David Wasserman, who handicaps the House for the Cook Political Report, what was a D+10 seat — meaning it voted roughly 10 points bluer than the country at large — has become a D+17 seat, with either Kaptur or Dennis Kucinich emerging from a Democratic primary.
Come to think of it, a Wurzelbacher-Kucinich General Election would be pretty funny.