Joe the Plumber, the Ohio man made famous by Senator John McCain and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, has made bid to run for Congress.
Plumber, also known as Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, filed candidacy papers to the Federal Election Commission this past Friday. Wurzelbacher intends to challenge Democrat Marcy Kaptur for a seat in the House of Representatives to represent Ohio’s 9th district.
The moniker “Joe the Plumber” was born after Wurzelbacher implored then-Sen. Obama on his plan for small business growth and tax policies. Soon thereafter, McCain and Palin used “Joe the Plumber” as a metaphor for the middle class.
After a whirlwind of media and campaign appearances, speculation of Wurzelbacher’s professional background began to make waves. Sources revealed that he was not actually licensed plumber and could not legally work as a plumber in Ohio.
If you’re not quite sure how a nickname used as a metaphor to promote a GOP campaign qualifies as proper legislative experience… fear not! He published a book in 2009 titled: Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream. In addition, he has worked as a motivational speaker on topics such as the Israeli conflict and has made appearances at Tea Party events.